Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. Our school is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. We prepare registered nurses for advanced leadership roles in nursing as either a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or as an educator.

The 44-hour Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track prepares graduates to function in clinical settings providing health care to all age groups. The FNP track also has an international option for nurses interested in missionary nursing where part of the clinical requirements may be completed in an international setting. The FNP track includes didactic and clinical education and prepares the graduate of our Family Nurse Practitioner program to sit for national certification examination offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Graduates of our FNP program are qualified to seek recognition from the Board of Nurse Examiners as Advanced Practice Nurse.

The 33-hour education track prepares nurse leaders for roles in education. Graduates are prepared to apply for the National League of Nursing educator examination.

Individual student success is our priority. Graduates of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing exceed state and national averages for successful completion of various certification examinations. We look forward to helping you achieve your professional goals.


Indira Tyler, PhD, RN
Interim Graduate Director and Associate Professor