Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is a consortium of Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. PHSSN is the only intercollegiate program in the nation that serves two private universities. At Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, you will learn the art, science and spirit of this honorable profession.

As a member of the PHSSN family, you will be in a cohort of students from both Hardin-Simmons and McMurry. On your journey to earning an undergraduate or graduate level nursing degree, you will have the opportunity to experience nursing in some of the area’s premiere healthcare agencies, participate in interactive courses, perfect your skills in a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory, and join nursing organizations. Our partnerships with community organizations and nurses will expose you to a wealth of expertise and highlight numerous nursing specialties.

Your student academic record is maintained and your degree is also conferred by either the parent university Hardin-Simmons University or McMurry University.  What this means for our bachelor of science in nursing students is that you will follow either Hardin-Simmons or McMurry’s general education requirements, completing them at that parent university.  Then after those first two years, you apply to the nursing program to complete the nursing major requirements at PHSSN.

Once admitted to either the bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in nursing, all curriculum is the same for either a Hardin-Simmons or McMurry student, enabling PHSSN to provide nursing education and quality resources for two of the universities here in Abilene.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Contact information:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-887-6791

Unique Consortium

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing at Hardin-Simmons University offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in nursing.  Our programs provide students flexibility through face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats that match a diverse set of students’ needs and goals. At PHSSN, we are committed to preparing nursing students for Christian leadership and service throughout Texas, the nation, and the world. We look forward to meeting and working with you to help you prepare for an exciting career in nursing.

Featured Facts and Information

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Our traditional four-year degree or accelerated program for licensed RNs offer two pathways to a bachelor of science in nursing degree. Whether your journey begins with an introduction to nursing or expanding on initial nursing preparation with course work to enhance professional development, both tracks will expose you to a wealth of knowledge and expertise while partnering with the community in some of the area’s premier healthcare agencies.

Graduate Nursing Programs

The PHSSN graduate nursing programs prepare students to assume roles in a variety of health care agencies and organizations, as a result of advanced preparation in health care delivery as advanced family nurse practitioners, researchers, educators, or nurse executives.

Allied Health Certificates

PHSSN offers a certificate program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The certified nursing assistant program can be completed in a fast-paced accelerated format, while our post-master’s certificate for advanced practice nurses allows nurses who already possess an MSN degree to expand their focus to the role of family nurse practitioner.

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HSU nursing students examing dummy with a stethoscope

The Nursing Simulation Lab

PHSSN’s nursing simulation facility takes nursing education beyond theory and puts skill sets into practice.

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Meet the Patty Hanks Faculty

Explore the profiles for the faculty and staff from the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.

Faculty Profiles