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Dr. Shirley Levenson, Assistant Professor and MSN-FNP Program Director

Shirley Levenson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Dr. Levenson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor her Master of Science in Nursing from Houston Baptist University and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years, 10 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse (FNP). Her clinical experience ranges from critical care to the home health. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified in critical care as a nurse practitioner. She comes to Texas State from the University of Texas, Tyler where she was Graduate Faculty in the FNP program. In addition to teaching at the University of Texas, Tyler. Dr. Levenson has spent several years teaching at Prairie View A&M University in Houston. Dr. Levenson opened one of the first Nurse Practitioner owned and run clinics in the United States (2003). She has maintained membership in several nurse practitioner groups including, American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, Hispanic Nurses Association, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International, Southern Nursing Research Society.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner online education
  • Opiate use in Texas and the United States
  • Nurse Practitioner faculty development


Was nominated as one of the Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for 2013. Alpha Chi is a National College Honor Society, with the Alfred H. Nolle Chapter at Texas State University.