Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

 

Contact Information
Janet K. Noles, RN, PhD, FNP-C, Dean
ACU Box 28035
Abilene, Texas 79699-8035
Office location:
   Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
   2149 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79601

 

Phone: 325-671-2399
Fax: 325-671-2386
Email: ahernandez@phssn.edu  
Web: www.acu.edu/nurs; www.phssn.edu

 

Major:Nursing (BSN)

 

The Master of Science in Nursing is also available. See the Graduate School section of this catalog.

 

Other Page Links:
Admission Requirements
Articulation Program for Registered Nurses


Faculty
Stephenie Akins, Instructor
Kimberly Cooper, Instructor
Peggy Johndrow, Assistant Professor
Susan Kehl, Assistant Professor
Valerie Miller, Instructor
Alice Murphy, Assistant Professor
Janet Noles, Associate Professor
Cathy Northrup, Instructor
Nina Ouimette, Associate Professor
Sharon Souter, Associate Professor
Amy Toone, Associate Professor
Jeanne Tucker, Instructor
Lisa VanCleave, Instructor
Sharon Willerton, Instructor
Janis Walsh, Instructor
Kate Woehl, Instructor
Maria Yoes, Clinical Instructor

 

Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing include those with the following designation: NURS.



 

Abilene Christian University is part of a three-member consortium which provides collegiate nursing education in Texas. Through the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN), Abilene Christian University 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 everchanging health care needs of a global society.

Purpose/Introduction

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 for satisfactorily completing all undergraduate requirements in the School of Nursing and for subsequent graduation 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 (RN).

Back To Top

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program of nursing the graduate will be prepared to:

          1. Use the nursing process as a guide to deliver ethical, ethno-culturally specific and
              competent comprehensive nursing care to clients in a variety of settings and across the
              life span.

          2. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability to clients, other health care workers and
              the profession of nursing.

          3. Communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health care team.

          4. Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the delivery of health care services
              and the practice of professional nursing.

          5. Use research findings and community resources in interacting with clients to promote
              wellness and facilitate restoration of health or a dignified death.

          6. Accept accountability for practice behaviors, action and responsibility for life-long
              personal and professional development.

Accreditation
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.

High School Preparation
High school students wishing to major in nursing are advised that their preparation for nursing study will be strengthened by inclusion of high school credits of one unit each in chemistry, physics and biology; three to four units in mathematics; two units each in social and behavioral sciences; and four units in English.

Back To Top

Lower-Division Requirements
All freshmen 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.

PHSSN Admission Requirements
Students must meet all parent university degree requirements. A separate admission process is required for students to be admitted to the School of Nursing. Admission is competitive, and the size of the classes is determined by the availability of space and clinical facilities. Admission to Abilene Christian University does not guarantee admission to PHSSN.

          1. The School of Nursing will review all applications with a minimum cumulative grade
              point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the lower-division nursing curriculum based on a 4.0 scale.
              Nursing core courses completed with a letter grade less than "C," or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale,
              will not be accepted toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Applicants must
              have a grade of "B" or better in BIOL 292 Anatomy and Physiology II and in NURS 310
              Pathophysiology. Students must also have a grade of "C" or better if laboratory courses
              are graded separately.

          2. Students are required to take a Nursing Entrance Exam.

          3. Students are required to submit two recommendation forms from faculty that have
              taught the student a nursing core prerequisite course.

          4. Students must have all nursing core prerequisites completed before entering the
              School of Nursing and have all prerequisites completed within the first year of
              admission to PHSSN. Students must complete NURS 301 Introduction to Nursing Skills
              or its equivalent before entering PHSSN. Students must also complete NURS 310
              Pathophysiology or its equivalent with a grade of "B" or better before entering.

          5. Students must apply for admission to the School of Nursing. The deadline for submitting
              application for admission in the fall semester is the first week of February of the same
              year. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are required to have
              personal contact with the School of Nursing Director of Student Services by January 1.

          6. Once accepted, students must submit evidence of physical examination and of physical
              health, which is consistent with meeting the objectives of the program. Tetanus,
              diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis B immunizations are required. If not administered,
              a healthcare provider’s statement is required. Rubella screening is required and
              immunizations required if screening titer indicates lack of immunity. Evidence of
              negative tuberculosis must be presented with application for admission. Health reports
              and test results will be available to health agencies used for student learning experience
              upon request by an authorized representative of the agency.

          7. Students who have any physical or mental disability (ie. ADD, ADHD ) must provide
              official written medical documentation of the disability and information in regard to
              his/her ability to meet the requirements of the program.

          8. Throughout the program, students must maintain a level of mental and physical health 
              consistent with meeting the objectives of the curriculum. If a mental and/or physical
              health problem occurs during the student’s educational program in nursing, the nursing
              faculty members responsible for clinical practice will assess the student’s ability to
              continue in the program and will make recommendations for action to the Dean.

          9. Students accepted into the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are responsible for 
              providing their own transportation to class and all clinical facilities.

        10. Students accepted into the School of Nursing must annually provide proof of medical
              health insurance; if not on parent’s insurance, the student must have either the
              University Health Insurance or a private policy.

        11. Students must achieve a grade of "C" (grade of 75 on a 100 scale) or better in each
              upper-division nursing course attempted and, in addition, achieve an average of "C"
              (grade of 75 on a 100 scale) or better on examinations within each upper-division
              nursing course in order to continue in the School of Nursing.

        12. Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all standards required of basic 
             students.        

        13. If the student’s performance is unsatisfactory in the clinical setting, the faculty may
              recommend immediate dismissal to the dean.

        14. The student must annually provide proof of current CPR certification. The student will not
              be allowed in the classroom or clinical area without this certification. American Heart
              Association CPR for Health Care Provider or American Red Cross CPR for the
              Professional Rescuer is required. (National Safety Council, Heart Saver and
              Heart Saver Plus are not acceptable.)

        15. Professional liability insurance is required of each student. This insurance is included in
              the student’s tuition fees.

        16. All entering students are required to purchase physical assessment equipment that is
              supplied through the School of Nursing. The cost of the equipment will be charged as a
              fee for the Health Assessment course.

        17. BSN nursing students are required to take diagnostic program examinations each
              semester. The cost of the examinations will be announced, and the cost of exams will
              be charged to student’s parent university account.

        18. In order for a student to meet program requirements for the completion of the BSN
              curriculum, the student must demonstrate minimal competency in nursing theory and
              practice. This competency is demonstrated through successful scoring on the identified
              exit exam.

        19. Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may take a minor outside the
              School of Nursing. This minor is NOT required as a part of the BSN degree, and credit
              hours beyond the minimum hours required may be needed to complete the minor.

 Back To Top

 

NURSING (BSN)

Admission to the School of Nursing is a prerequisite to all nursing courses (or approval by the School of Nursing dean). Please note that curriculum is under revision. 

BSN: NURSING DEGREE PLAN (NURS)

______________________________________________________________________

UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science

     *CHEM 111/113 Introductory Chemistry with Lab ...................................................

     *CHEM 112/114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry with Lab ..................

4

4

Mathematics
     *MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning .......................................................................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................40
BSN DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................3
Psychology

     *PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ..................................................................

     *PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology ..................................................................

3

3

Sociology
     *SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ....................................................................3
TOTAL BSN CORE ...................................................................................................12
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Nursing

     NURS 310 Pathophysiology ..................................................................................

     NURS 321 Health Assessment ...............................................................................

     NURS 322 Process I - Fundamentals of Nursing ......................................................

     NURS 323 Pharmacology - Nursing Implications .....................................................

     NURS 324 Dimensions of Professional Nursing .......................................................

     NURS 335 Mental Health Nursing ...........................................................................
     NURS 336 Process II - Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childbearing Family .....

     NURS 435 Community Health Nursing ...................................................................

     NURS 443 Nursing Theories and Research (writing-intensive course) ........................

     NURS 446 Process III - Acute Care Nursing ...........................................................

     NURS 451 Process IV - Critical Care Nursing .........................................................

     NURS 452 Leadership and Management .................................................................

     NURS 495 Professional Nursing Practicum ..............................................................

     Advanced Nursing Selection .................................................................................
     Choose from:

          NURS 470 Lab and Diagnostics

          NURS 471 Health Care Missions

          NURS 472 Perioperative Nursing

          NURS 473 Care of the Terminally III
          NURS 474 Clinical Nutrition 

4

4

6

4

3

3

8

3

3

8

6

3

4
3

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................62
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR

     *BIOL 291/293 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab ................................................

     *BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab ...............................................

     *BIOL 353/357 Microbiology with Lab ....................................................................

       PSYC 311 Elementary Statistics ..........................................................................

4

4

4

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................15
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................6
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     *Minimum grade for each Nursing core course .......................................................

       Minimum total hours ..........................................................................................

135

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

Back To Top 

 

Degree Requirements - Suggested Course Sequence

Note: Some courses are offered only once a year in a specified semester. Failure to complete the courses in the specified semester as offered may delay admission to the nursing program by one year. Summers may be used to lower the loads during the long terms.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester:
     • BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3-0-3)
     • CHEM 111/113 Introductory Chemistry with Lab (3-0-3), (1-2-1)
     • ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3-0-3)
     • EXSC 100 Lifetime Wellness (1-2-1)
     • MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning (3-0-3)
     • UNIV 100 University Seminar (2-0-1)
Spring Semester:
     • BIBL 102 Acts–Revelation (3-0-3)
     • CHEM 112/114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry with Lab (3-0-3), (1-2-1)
     • ENGL 112 Composition and Literature (3-0-3)
     • EXSC Activity (0-3-1)
     • PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology (3-0-3)
     • Elective (3-0-3)
Summer Sessions:
     • ENGL Sophomore Literature (3-0-3)
     • SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (3-0-3)
 

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester:
     • BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament (3-0-3)
     • BIOL 291/293 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3-0-3), (1-2-1)
     • BIOL 353/357 Microbiology with Lab (3-0-3), (1-2-1)
     • COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication (3-0-3)
     • EXSC Activity (0-3-1)
     • Elective (3-0-3)
Spring Semester:
     • BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture (3-0-3)
     • BIOL 292/294 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (3-0-3), (1-2-1)
     • EXSC Activity (0-3-1)
     • HIST 100-299 Selection (3-0-3)
     • PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology (3-0-3)
     • PSYC 311 Elementary Statistics (3-0-3)
Maymester:
     • NURS 301 Introduction to Nursing Skills
Summer Session:
     • NURS 310 Pathophysiology (4-0-4)

 

Junior Year
Fall Semester:
     • NURS 321 Health Assessment (2-2-4)
     • NURS 322 Process I - Fundamentals of Nursing (3-3-6)
     • NURS 323 Pharmacology (3-1-4)
     • NURS 324 Dimensions of Professional Nursing (3-0-3)
Spring Semester:
     • NURS 335 Mental Health Nursing (3-0-3)
     • NURS 336 Process II - Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childbearing Family (4-4-8)
     • Advanced Nursing Selection if needed (3-0-3)

 

Senior Year
Fall Semester:
     • NURS 435 Community Health Nursing (3-0-3)
     • NURS 443 Nursing Theories and Research (3-0-3)
     • NURS 446 Process III - Acute Care Nursing (4-4-8)
Spring Semester:
     • NURS 451 Process IV - Critical Care Nursing (3-3-6)
     • NURS 452 Leadership and Management (3-0-3)
     • NURS 495 Professional Nursing Practicum (0-16-4)

Back To Top 

  

ARTICULATION PROGRAM FOR REGISTERED NURSES

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the nursing program, a student must be admitted to ACU and satisfy the admission requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Studies program. In addition, a separate admission process is required for students to be admitted to the School of Nursing. Acceptance into the lower-division courses and BAS program does not guarantee that students will be selected for enrollment into the School of Nursing.

The selection process for admission to the School of Nursing is highly competitive. The selection process is based on your cumulative GPA of 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 GPA of 3.0. 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 Bachelor of Applied Studies in Nursing degree.

Bachelor of Applied Studies Admission Requirements

          1. Minimum age of 25;

          2. Minimum of two years work or volunteer experience;

          3. Interview with BAS advisor;

          4. BAS Application and non-refundable fee;

          5. Satisfactory official transcripts of all previous college work;

          6. A two-page, typed statement of purpose;

          7. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members.

Graduation Requirement
A minimum of 34 hours must be completed at ACU to receive a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Nursing degree.

Application Process
To make application the student must be admitted and have completed 45 semester hours of nursing prerequisites. Any remaining prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the fall semester of the senior year. Applicants must make personal contact with the PHSSN Director of Student Services prior to January 1. The deadline for submitting application is the first week of April of the same year. Students must verify that ALL transcripts from transferring institutions have been submitted and processed by ACU. If your materials are not submitted and processed by the first week of January of the same year, you
will NOT receive credit in the evaluation process for completion of coursework taken at other institutions.

School of Nursing Requirements
Students accepted to the RN-BASN Articulation program are required to have:

          1. Been accepted to the ACU BAS program and all entrance requirements applicable to the
              BAS student apply to the registered nurse student;

          2. A current unencumbered Texas RN License with the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners;

          3. Current CPR certification; American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Provider or
              American Red Cross for Professional Rescuer required;

          4. A current physical examination (form provided by PHSSN with application);

          5. Proof of successful completion of a Physical Assessment Course approved by the Texas
              Board of Nurse Examiners;

          6. Achieved a total percentile score of 75 or greater on the NLN Physical Assessment Exam;

          7. Demonstrated competence through a head-to-toe physical exam observed by faculty;

          8. Successfully passed the NLN RN Mobility II Examination (ACE II) administered by the
              School of Nursing. Successful completion of examination will earn 29 hours of upper-
              division nursing credit. The examination must be taken prior to the fall semester in which
              the registered nurse will enter the School of Nursing. It is highly recommended that
              students take the Mobility exam before starting any of their work for the baccalaureate
              degree;

          9. An Associate of Science in Nursing or diploma from an accredited program;

         10. 34 hours of remaining courses needed for degree at ACU.

Back To Top 

  

RN Articulation Courses Senior Year

Note: Students attending ACU must fulfill the general education requirements
set forth for the BASN.

SENIOR YEAR

Credit Hours

**NURS 310 Pathophysiology (offered Spring or Summer) ........................................

**NURS 323 Pharmacology ....................................................................................

**NURS 321 Health Assessment .............................................................................

**NURS 335 Mental Health Nursing .........................................................................

Total Credit Hours .............................................................................................

**Students may either receive transfer credit, challenge the course or
enroll in the course to receive credit for the course.

4

4

4

3

15

 

 

Fall Semester

NURS 460 Professional Nursing ...............................................................................

NURS 461 RN – Evidence-based Practice I ...............................................................

NURS 443 Nursing Theories and Research (writing-intensive course) ..........................

Total Credit Hours .............................................................................................

 

3

6

3

12

Spring Semester

NURS 332 Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing ......................................................... 

NURS 462 RN – Evidenced-based Practice II ............................................................

NURS 452 Leadership and Management ...................................................................

NURS 435 Community Health Nursing .....................................................................

Total Credit Hours .............................................................................................

 

2

6

3

3

14



Back To Top

 

Wildcat Video Minute
#ACUsummerbreak
As last semester came to a close, we asked our Wildcats to keep in touch by tagging their adventures with #ACUSummerBreak. Needless to say, the results were pretty awesome!
Connect with ACU