McMurry University Nursing School Review

McMurry University (McM) is a liberal arts school that offers bachelor’s degrees in fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, education, nursing and business. McMurry University was founded in 1923, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is home to 1400 students. The school is located on 40 acres of land in Abilene, Texas, which has a population of 115,930 and is safe and convenient. The mission statement of McMurry University is to provide Christian liberal arts and professional education that prepares students for a fulfilling life of leadership and service.

McMurry University’s academic programs include; the Honors program, School of Arts & Letters, School of Business, School of Natural and Computational Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Sciences and Religion and the School of Nursing.

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

At the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN), students will learn arts and sciences and will complete their course load at one of three of McMurry University’s consortium universities. The students can apply for a place at PHSSN.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses at an entry level for a nursing career with a Christian focus. The courses in the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at McMurry University cover legal and ethical issues in both a classroom setting and clinical setting and helps students prepare for graduate education.

In order to take courses at PHSSN, students must be accepted by one of the three consortium universities; Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University or McMurry University. Then students must fill out a separate application for PHSSN. Prospective students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the lower division nursing curriculum, based on a 4.00 scale. Core nursing courses must have been completed with a letter grade of ‘C’ or higher. Prospective students must also have passed the HESI – nursing entrance exam, and completed all prerequisite courses. Upon acceptance, students must submit a physical health exam, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis B immunizations, evidence of Rubella screening and a negative tuberculosis test.

The application fee is $45, and can be submitted online.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification. The programs provide advanced nursing study. Those students, who complete all requirements, will receive their graduation certificate from Abilene Christian University or Hardin-Simmons University with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The graduate of the MSN program will become a leader in careers such as a Family Nurse Practitioner, administrator or patient care manager. These graduates are also then able to take the national certification exam.

For admission to the MSN program, students must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with an 850 minimum verbal and quantitative score. Students must also hold a GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate nursing coursework. Students must also have health insurance coverage and three letters of recommendation, proof of RN licensure in the State of Texas and proof of ACLS Provider Certification. Prospective students must also provide a transcript from university in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. If a student is admitted to the MSN program, this does not guarantee he or she will be admitted to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.

McMurry University
2149 Hickory Street 

Abilene, TX 79601

Tel. 325-671-2399


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