The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing educates nurses for lives of Christian service and leadership to meet the ever changing health care needs of a global society.

Our Mission & Purpose

Master of Science in Nursing

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with functional tracks for education and administration, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification. These MSN and FNP programs provide in-depth, advanced study for nurses interested in expanding their knowledge of health care delivery. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will graduate from McMurry University or Hardin-Simmons University with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The MSN graduate will assume leadership roles in diverse positions such as Family Nurse Practitioner, administrator or patient care manager. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner option also are prepared to take a national certification exam.

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) advanced positions or managers of patient care services within a variety of institutions or health care agencies. In addition, students who are enrolled in our Master of Science in Nursing and FNP programs are guided to incorporate theory and the research process in a variety of roles and practical settings.

Philosophy

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing functions as an educational consortium among, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. Thus, we accept the underlying philosophies and objectives of the consortium universities:

Individuals will be educationally prepared in a manner that promotes the development of intellectual, cultural, moral and religious values.

Because graduates will assume participating roles in a society that responds to the rapidly changing and increasingly complex needs of people, men and women shall be educationally prepared in a manner that promotes the development of intellectual, cultural, moral and religious values.

Nurses have an obligation to participate in the comprehensive planning and development of the health care system while at the same time recognizing that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own health care. The complexity of today’s health care system requires nurses with developed leadership skills and superior critical thinking abilities who will collaborate with others to achieve quality health care services for all citizens.

Students who are enrolled in our Master of Science in Nursing and FNP programs provide extensive outreach in the local community and prepare for missions in their own communities and throughout the world.