Nursing BSN & RN-to-BSN

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing provides students with two pathways towards completing a BSN degree – the traditional four-year BSN and the online RN-to-BSN articulation program for already licensed nurses to advance their nursing to the BSN level.

For the traditional four-year pathway, pre-nursing students complete the general education core at one of our two consortium universities. After completion, an application is submitted to PHSSN. As a member of the PHSSN family, you will join a cohort of students from either Hardin-Simmons or McMurry universities who, like yourselves, have been accepted into the nursing program to complete the final two years of nursing education.

On your journey to becoming a Registered Nurse, students will have the opportunity to experience an introduction to nursing in some of the area’s premier healthcare agencies. Our partnerships with various communities of interest and numerous nursing specialties will expose you to a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

The online RN-BSN degree from Hardin-Simmons University is awarded at the successful completion of courses from the general education curriculum, as well as, upper-division nursing courses. At PHSSN, individuals will be educationally prepared in a manner that promotes the development of intellectual, cultural, moral and religious values.

The online RN-BSN program provides licensed Diploma and Associate Degree prepared nurses an opportunity to further develop clinical reasoning and analytical skills. This program of study expands the initial nursing preparation with course work to enhance professional development, prepare for a broader scope of clinical practice, and provide a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence care delivery.

The BSN degree is conferred by Hardin-Simmons University, and graduates may then go on to graduate nursing programs to pursue the role of Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is 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

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  • Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Nursing RN Articulation - RN to BSN (B.S.N.)


Why study Nursing at HSU?

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More than 90% of all graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Personalized Instruction

Students enjoy small class sizes and personal attention from instructors.

Faith Inspired

We are committed to preparing students for Christian leadership and service throughout Texas, the nation, and the world.

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Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

BSN Admission Requirements

All Applicants must complete the Application Process, which will then be reviewed by the PHSSN Admissions Committee to determine if students meet the below requirements.

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be a minimum of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Completion of all nursing prerequisite courses with a letter grade of ‘C’ or higher (Letter grade of less than ‘C’ will not be accepted toward Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree)
  • Course Exception: Students must complete the required Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology courses with a grade of at least ‘B’ before admission to PHSSN
  • Students are also required to take a Nursing Entrance Exam
  • Completion of General Education and Prerequisite coursework before entering first semester at PHSSN (HSU Degree Plan)

RN to BSN Admission Requirements

Full admission is granted to applicants who have met all admissions requirements. Applications will be reviewed holistically and exclusively. The following is required of applicants for the RN-BSN Online Program:

  • Current, active RN unencumbered license
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for admission consideration. All calculated grades from schools attended are admission grade point average
  • Prerequisite coursework completed with a grade of “C” or better, prior to the beginning of this program
  • Students must successfully complete all nursing courses (with a grade of ‘C’ or better) in sequential order at each level before progressing to the next level in the curriculum
  • All applicants who receive offers of admission must consent to a criminal background check (a complete FBI/DPS background check). A history of criminal conduct or conviction may result in withdrawal of admission offer. Refer to the PHSSN website school policy in the student handbook

All applicants must provide documentation of the following prior to enrollment:

  • Professional liability insurance
  • Completion of a current physical
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Compliance with the School of Nursing’s required immunizations. (Contact PHSSN for current list)
  • Healthcare provider BLS or ACLS (CPR) certification (adult, infant, & child)
  • Current negative 10-panel drug screen
  1. Apply the nursing process utilizing evidence-based practice and critical thinking to deliver competent, holistic, ethno-culturally sensitive, and ethical care to clients across the lifespan in a global society.
  2. Demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and accountability to clients, other health care workers and the profession of nursing in political, legal and ethical situations.
  3. Communicate effectively with clients and other members of the healthcare team.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the delivery of healthcare services and the practice of professional nursing.
  5. Combine research findings, patient care technologies and community resources to promote client health and wellness across the life-span.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for practice behaviors, action, and responsibility for life-long personal, moral, ethical, spiritual, religious and professional development

RN-to-BSN Major Required Courses

  • Nursing Skills Validation – Basic nursing skills validated upon successful completion of Transitions course as well as successful mobility exam completion – 43
  • NURS 4360 Professional Nursing Transitions* – 3
  • NURS 4343 Nursing Theories & Research* – 3
  • NURS 4352 Leadership and Management* – 3
  • NURS 4435 Community and Public Health Nursing* – 4
  • NURS 4364 Health Behaviors* – 3
  • NURS 4368 Care of Vulnerable Populations* – 3
  • Technological Competency
  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications – 3

Major – 62
Core Curriculum – 61
Technological Competency – 3
Total – 126

*C or better