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P

ATTY

H

ANKS

S

HELTON

S

CHOOL OF

N

URSING

Master of Science in Nursing

Valerie Miller, Program Coordinator

Through the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, Hardin-Simmons University offers the

Master of Science in Nursing degree. The program outcomes are:

1.

Demonstrate proficiency in a specific practice area.

2.

Develop strategies that incorporate theories and models from nursing and related

disciplines for advanced practice.

3.

Implement scientific inquiry to replicate, validate, and test theories relevant to nursing.

4.

Analyze cultural, social, ethical, economic, and political perspectives that influence the

healthcare delivery system.

5.

Integrate the multi-roles of the nurse for interdisciplinary practice and advancement of

optimum healthcare delivery.

6.

Integrate critical thinking skills into oral and written communications.

Functional Tracks Available with MSN

Education.................................................................................................... 33 Semester Hours

Family Nurse Practitioner........................................................................... 44 Semester Hours

Post Master’s Certificate............................................................................. 23 Semester Hours

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing degree must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

degree from a regionally accredited school or university whose nursing program is NLN or CCNE

accredited.

Full admission to graduate study in nursing requires meeting the three academic standards as listed

below and receiving the endorsement of the program director.

Academic Standards

1.

Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

2.

GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work in nursing.

3.

Entrance test score: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 290 composite score(verbal and

quantitative) and 3.0 in writing

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission to graduate study in nursing requires the Graduate Record Exam and

meeting one of the two GPA academic standards listed above and obtaining departmental

endorsement. Students granted provisional admission must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first

nine hours of graduate study.

Departmental Endorsement

Admission to the MS in Nursing requires the following to be submitted to or conducted by the

School of Nursing:

1.

Licensure to practice as an RN in Texas and in good standing with the Board of Nurse

Examiners.

2.

Minimum of one year of clinical nursing practice.

3.

Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from supervisors

having knowledge of your clinical skills, work ethic and style, and/or professors attesting

to your academic achievements and potential success in a graduate nursing program.

4.

Completion of PHSSN application.

5.

Interview with program director and or faculty.

6.

A completed PHSSN health form and proof of current immunization status.