McMurry University is a part of a three-member consortium which provides collegiate nursing education in Texas. Through the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN), McMurry offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is to educate baccalaureate and advanced practice nurses for lives of Christian service and leadership to meet the ever changing health care needs of global society.


Baccalaureate education in nursing prepares the graduate to function as a registered nurse who can effectively participate as a change agent in the delivery of a broad spectrum of health services required by society today and in the future. It also provides the foundation required for graduate education. The School of Nursing exists for the purpose of preparing entry-level practitioners of nursing whose personal, social, and nursing potentials have been developed to provide a foundation for continued learning and growth. The theoretical courses and clinical experiences are designed to
assist students to develop understanding and conceptual integration of the nursing role in today’s complex health care environment. The Faculty of the School of Nursing exists for the purpose of contributing to excellence in nursing, the body of knowledge needed for nursing practice, teaching, research and public services. Additionally, the faculty provides for the nursing student an environment in which classroom theory may be applied and evaluated under close supervision. The aim of the BSN Faculty of the School of Nursing is to prepare students who satisfactorily complete all undergraduate requirements in the School of Nursing and who will graduate with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Upon graduation, the graduate is eligible to write the NCLEX-RN (National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) that leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.).


The School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, and the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Exams for licensure as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The School of Nursing is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing; and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing..

Lower-Division Requirements

All freshman students accepted for admission in the consortium institutions, and stating a preference for nursing as a major, will be placed in lower-division core courses. Acceptance into the lower-division courses, however, does not guarantee that students will be selected for enrollment in Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN). Students having an ACT composite score of 18 or less should seek career counseling.

The selection process for admission to the School of Nursing is highly competitive. The selection process is based on your cumulative GPA if all schools attended. The available seats will be given to those scoring the highest on these criteria. The School of Nursing will review all applicants with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50. Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all the standards required by the university. Nursing core courses completed with a letter grade of less than C will not be accepted toward the RN Articulation Baccalaureate Programs.

For more information, please see the Nursing bookmark under "degree requirements" in the academic catalog.