PHSSN educates nurses for lives of Christian service and leadership to meet the ever changing health care needs of a global society.


Admission acceptance by one of the consortium universities is required.

A separate application process is required for admission to PHSSN. Admission is competitive, and the size of each class is determined by the availability of space and clinical facilities. Admission at one of the consortium universities does not guarantee acceptance for enrollment in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.

The PHSSN Admissions Committee will review all applicants who have:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the lower division nursing curriculum based on a 4.00 scale
  • Completed nursing core courses with a letter grade of 'C' or higher*
    (Letter grades less than 'C' will not be accepted toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
  • Taken and successfully completed a nursing entrance exam (HESI)
  • Completed all prerequisite courses before entering the PHSSN

*Unless otherwise indicated as needing a 'B' or better as noted under "Degree Plans- BSN Curriculum"

Once accepted, students must submit:

  • Evidence of physical examination and of physical health that is consistent with meeting the objectives of the program
  • Evidence of tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis B immunizations (required)
    (If not administered, a physician's statement is required.)
  • Evidence of Rubella screening (required)
  • Evidence of negative tuberculosis test

Immunizations will be necessary if screening titer indicates lack of immunity. Health reports and test results will be available to health agencies used for student learning upon request by an authorized representative of the agency.

Students who have any physical or learning disabilities (i.e. ADD, ADHD) must provide official medical documentation of the disability and information pertaining to his or her ability to meet the requirements of the program.

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to stu dents at this school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Students at PHSSN have opportunities for hands-on experience in over 25 different clinical settings and in our state of the art simulation lab.