Nina Ouimette, Dean
ACU Box 28035
Abilene, Texas 79699-8035
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
2149 Hickory Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
Web: www.acu.edu/nurs or www.phssn.edu
Jennifer Asbury, Instructor
Cynthia Castel, Instructor
Andrea Cheek, Instructor
Kimberly Cooper, Assistant Professor
Awilda Hayes, Instructor
Olivia King, Instructor
Valerie Miller, Assistant Professor
Alice Murphy, Assistant Professor
Cathy Northrup, Instructor
Theresa Naldoza, Instructor
Nina Ouimette, Associate Professor, Dean
Monica Smola, Instructor
Barbara Stafford, Assistant Professor
Amy Toone, Associate Professor, MSN Director
Indira Tyler, Associate Professor
Jeanne Tucker, Assistant Professor
Lisa VanCleave, Assistant Professor
Janet Viola, Associate Professor
Major: Nursing (BSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing is also available. See the Graduate School section of this catalog.
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.
Important Note for Nursing students entering ACU in the 2011-12 academic year:
Beginning in the fall of 2013, ACU will offer its own BSN degree in nursing, separate from the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.
New, first-time college students who enter in fall 2011 will be the first class to attend ACU's School of nursing and the new BSN degree plan will be published in the 2012-13 catalog. New, first time students entering this year should take the same freshman year of course work as the PHSSN degree plans.
Transfer students who enter ACU in the 2011-12 academic year may enter PHSSN if the student is ready for admission to the nursing program prior to fall 2013 and thus, may be subject to the degree plan listed in this catalog.
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 a 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 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).
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Upon completion of this program of nursing the graduate will be prepared to:
- Use the nursing process as a guide to competently deliver holistic (physical, psychosocial, and spiritual), ethno-culturally sensitive, ethical and evidence-based nursing care to clients across the life span in a variety of settings.
- Demonstrate integrity, responsibility and accountability to clients, other health care workers and the profession of nursing in political, legal and ethical issues.
- Communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health care team.
- Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the delivery of health care services and the practice of professional nursing.
- Use research findings and community resources in interacting with clients to promote wellness and facilitate restoration of health or a dignified death.
- Accept accountability for practice behaviors, action and responsibility for life-long personal and professional development.
The School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing 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.
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All freshmen students accepted for admission in the consortium institutions, and stating a preference for nursing as a major, will be placed in lower-level core courses. Acceptance into the lower-level 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.
- The School of Nursing will review all applications with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the lower-level 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 291 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 292 Anatomy and Physiology II, and in NURS 310 Pathophysiology.
- Students are required to take a Nursing Entrance Exam.
- Students are required to submit two recommendation forms from faculty who have taught the student a nursing core prerequisite course.
- 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 obtain the CNA certificate before entering PHSSN. Students must also complete NURS 310 Pathophysiology or its equivalent with a grade of "B" or better before entering.
- 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 Learning and Student Development January 1.
- 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, 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. Additionally, students accepted for admission will be required to submit to a criminal background check organized by the Texas Board of Nursing prior to beginning the nursing program. Students will also be required to submit random drug screenings in order to practice in the clinical facilities.
- All students are required to have a urine drug screen completed at a designated lab prior to clinical participation.
- All students must submit to a criminal background check through a designated agency.
- Students who have any physical or learning disability (i.e. 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.
- 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.
- Students accepted into the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are responsible for providing their own transportation to class and all clinical facilities.
- Students accepted into the School of Nursing must annually provide proof of medical health insurance; if not on parent’s insurance, the student must a private policy.
- Students must achieve a grade of "C" (grade of 75 on a 100 scale) or better in each upper-level 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-level nursing course in order to continue in the School of Nursing.
- Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all of the same standards required of those students who have matriculated at ACU and the other consortium universities.
- If the student’s performance is unsatisfactory in the clinical setting, the faculty may recommend immediate dismissal to the Dean.
- 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.)
- Professional liability insurance is required of each student. This insurance is included in the student’s tuition fees.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.