UPDATED: Simpson University Introduces School of Nursing

For Immediate Release

06.05.2012 / Last Updated 08.07.12

REDDING, Calif. - As its nursing program continues to grow, Simpson University has restructured its nursing department to become an independent School of Nursing.

It also means a shift in title for Jan Dinkel, director of the nursing program, to dean of the School of Nursing. (Dinkel served 30 years as dean of the nursing program at Shasta College in Redding and came out of retirement to help Simpson grow its nursing programs.)

Perry Gee, who completed his Ph.D. coursework at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, will serve as chief nursing administrator of the RN-BSN Track (designed for registered nurses), but it will remain under the umbrella of the School of Adult Studies (also known as ASPIRE), said Patty Taylor, dean of the School of Adult Studies.

The School of Nursing and the School of Adult Studies are partnering in efforts to obtain national accreditation for their nursing programs.

Nursing is Simpson University’s fastest-growing major. Nearly 100 members of the community have graduated from the RN-BSN Track since it launched in 2007. Close to 40 students will be enrolled in that program this fall, Taylor said.

The four-year BSN degree followed in 2011. More than 50 students are enrolled in that program, with another 30 expected to start in January, Dinkel said.

Nationally, the proportion of nurses with a BSN is expected to increase to 80 percent by 2020, according to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report.

“Simpson is clearly making a significant contribution to the north state by offering both the BSN and the RN-BSN tracks for nursing education,” Dinkel said. “Students are offered a faith-based curriculum with an emphasis on ‘caring,’ lifelong learning, advocacy for healthcare, and global service.”

By this fall, the School of Nursing will include five full-time faculty and a full-time administrator, in addition to several part-time clinical instructors and a full-time staff member.

Simpson nursing students utilize a state-of-the-art simulation center on campus. Fundraising is under way for a dedicated Science and Nursing Center.

Learn more about the BSN degree at simpsonu.edu/nursing. Information on the RN-BSN Track can be found at simpsonu.edu/aspire.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.


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