ACU to develop new School of Nursing

Posted October 14, 2010

Abilene Christian University announced today a decision to begin its own School of Nursing, effective with the Fall 2013 semester.

“By taking this step, we believe we will be able to create a more distinctive, compelling on-campus student experience - one that will allow us to increase the reach of ACU’s nursing program,” says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert.

There continues to be a critical shortage of registered nurses in Texas and across the nation. "Having our own School of Nursing will enable us to expand our capacity to educate the nurses of tomorrow,” says Schubert.

“Through relationships with practicing physicians, dedication to medical missions, and the mentorship of Christian faculty, ACU has been producing health professions students ready to bring healing in the name of Christ,” says Dr. Jeanine Varner, ACU provost. "We look forward to building on our experience and expertise in the field of nursing."

The establishment of ACU’s nursing school in its own facility will not affect current students.  However, the move will eventually discontinue ACU’s participation in the consortium formed by ACU, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.  ACU's freshman class of 2011 will be able to enter the new School of Nursing program in their junior year to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“We appreciate our friends and colleagues at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry who have helped to make the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing a success,” says Varner. “Looking to the future, we plan to continue partnering with these schools in other arenas.”

ACU - which for the past 10 years has had pre-health professions graduates accepted to medical and dental schools at a rate nearly double the national average – also announced its intention to begin planning the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree offerings.