School of Nursing
School of Nursing Mission
The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare entry-level professional nurses to effectively serve the health needs of the community, the society and the world, integrating Christian caring into their nursing practice. Our nursing faculty are committed to teaching, service, practice and research which are core to providing competent, caring, evidence-based, reflective, and relationship-centered nursing education. We will educate a diverse student population to care for individuals, families, and communities within a framework of Christian values and beliefs.
Our typical student is admitted as a freshman, completing 3 semesters of prerequisite science and math courses, while also taking general education courses required for graduation.
- Students apply to the nursing major during the fall semester of their sophomore year.
- Students who are accepted into the nursing major begin their nursing classes the spring of their sophomore year with completion of the major requiring at least five semesters.
- Transfer students may enter the university at any point, but must still complete required prerequisite courses before applying for acceptance into the nursing major.
In order to ensure the most qualified candidates are accepted into the program, additional admissions criteria and recommended courses are required.
- All students seeking admission to the nursing major must first be admitted into the university.
- Admission into the university does not guarantee admission into the nursing major.
Incoming Freshman Criteria:
- A minimum 3.2 high school GPA (un-weighted)
- Minimum SAT/ACT scores of:
- SAT 530-800 or ACT 20-36 (Math Section)
- SAT 401-800 (Critical Reading Section) or ACT 16-36 (English Section)
- In addition, completion of the following high school courses are highly recommended:
- Algebra II
Students considering a career in the healthcare or medical professions are encouraged to come prepared. A passion for knowledge and a strong college preparatory background in mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry) and the natural sciences (physical science, biology, and chemistry) are essential.
Application Process for the Nursing Major
- Admission into the nursing major is competitive and completion of the prerequisite classes and the application does not ensure acceptance into the major. While current Simpson students are given priority, each year slots may be filled by transfer students and readmitted students.
- Admission into the nursing major is conditional until all prerequisite classes (those taken during the semester of application) are completed with a "C" or higher.
- Important dates:
- All applications are to be submitted to the Admissions office by 5 p.m. October 1, 2014.
- Applicants will be informed of their admissions status by October 17, 2014.
- Students must accept or decline their space in the nursing program by October 30, 2014.
- • Nursing major enrollment packets are available through the Simpson University Admissions office. The completed application packet must include all of the following:
- Application form
- Complete TEAS V, with a minimum adjusted total score of 78*
- Personal statement
- Two recommendation forms
- Transcripts from all college coursework at all institutions (including in progress coursework)
- $50, non-refundable fee (separate from the fee from application to the University)
*TEAS V: Simpson University is an approved TEAS testing site. Study guides and test preparation resources are available from the Academic Success Center. Students must have a minimum adjusted individual total score of 78 on the TEAS V. If you have not taken TEAS V, we require that you take the test at Simpson University. In the event that you have taken and completed the TEAS V with a score of 78 or higher at another institution, we will accept your official transcript from ATI to Simpson University. If you have received a score of less than 78, your application will not be reviewed by the committee. Students may retake the TEAS V test once, and the higher of those two scores will be used to calculate priority for conditional admission.
Policy Acknowledgment Form: You will receive further directions regarding completion of the health/immunization forms, criminal background check, American Heart Association CPR Certification for Health Care Professionals and drug screening after an offer of enrollment is made.
Nursing Major (BSN)
Simpson University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing major that will prepare you for a dynamic career in the healthcare field. You will gain a broad-based foundation in the biological sciences and specific training that is necessary to pursue a career in the healthcare field.
We have expanded our science and nursing facilities to enhance our institutional heritage as the Gateway To World Service. To ensure you get the best education possible, our science labs feature a low teacher to student ratio with personal one-on-one attention given by well-trained and committed faculty.
Upon completion of the Nursing major (Bachelors of Science, Nursing), you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN state-licensing exam. Graduates are also eligible for the CA Public Health Credential.
NURS 2310 Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar (5, Spring)
The course focus is introductory concepts crucial to the professional nursing role. Emphasis is placed upon the theoretical basis for the art and science of nursing. In the clinical environment the nursing process is utilized to provide care to clients in the healthcare setting. The Professional Seminar content will address the historical, legal, ethical, and social aspect of nursing; patient safety and advocacy from a Christian Worldview. Additional course fee. (Prerequisite: Admission into School of Nursing)
NURS 2320 Health Assessment and Nursing Skills (3, Spring)
The course focus is on basic nursing skills, a systematic approach to assess history, physical, mental status examination, and documentation of the findings for clients. Emphasis will be placed on distinguishing normal from abnormal and on various stages of wellness, health and disease. Principles of communication, cultural sensitivity and spirituality will be reviewed and utilized throughout this course. Application of skills represents the basis of health assessment and nursing care. Additional course fee. (Prerequisite: Admission into School of Nursing)
NURS 2330 Pathophysiology for Nurses (3, Spring)
The course focus is the study of cellular biology as it relates to bodily function. Learning will progress from basic cellular performance, mechanics of self-defense and abnormal cellular proliferation to the application of these processes on body systems and the diseases that develop with abnormal cellular function. (Prerequisite: Admission into School of Nursing)
NURS 2340 Nursing Care of the Older Adult (2, Spring
The course focus is the theoretical approach to the healthcare principles involved in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing process for the older adult with various health problems across the continuum of care. (Prerequisite: Admission into School of Nursing)
NURS 3310 Nursing Care of the Adult I (5, Fall)
The course focus is on the theoretical and clinical application of healthcare principles involved in the assessment, planning and implementation of the nursing process appropriate for adults with various health problems in the acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in problem-solving, clinical judgment, critical thinking allowing students to function as a beginning member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team for a variety of patient situations. Additional course fee. (Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar, Health Assessment and Nursing Skills, Pathophysiology for Nurses, Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
NURS 3320 Pharmacology for Nurses (3, Fall)
The course focus is knowledge for safe and effective use of pharmacological interventions for client systems. Concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, prevention, health maintenance, and return to homeostasis using pharmacological agents will be addressed. Pharmacology principles will be applied to selected client systems. (Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar, Health Assessment and Nursing Skills, Pathophysiology for Nurses, Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
NURS 3330 Nursing Care for Mental Health and Professional Seminar (5, Fall)
The course focus is the delivery of community mental health nursing in a variety of settings. Guidance is given in assessing stressors and developing primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions within populations at risk for psychosocial stress and illness utilizing the nursing process. The Professional Seminar content will address the historical, legal, ethical, and social aspects of nursing; patient safety and advocacy from a Christian Worldview. (Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar, Health Assessment and Nursing Skills, Pathophysiology for Nurses, Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
NURS 3340 Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses (2, Fall)
The course focus is on the knowledge and attitudes needed to provide safe and effective care to patients. Students will explore scientific principles related to nursing interventions to safely and effectively implement interventions. Knowledge, skills and attitudes based on QSEN competencies, including patient-centered care, use of evidence based guidelines, quality improvement, safety and informatics will be incorporated. (Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar, Health Assessment and Nursing Skills, Pathophysiology for Nurses, Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
NURS 3350 Nursing Care of the Adult II (5, Spring)
The course focus is theories underlying principles involved in planning and implementation of nursing intervention appropriate for adults with various complex health problems. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in problem-solving and clinical reasoning allowing students to function in a variety of patient situations in an acute inpatient setting. Students will assess, analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing care of adult patient. Comprehensive nursing care for a patient with a wide range of disorders is addressed including the need for patient teaching and continuity of care as the patient returns to the community. Additional course fee. (Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar, Health Assessment and Nursing Skills, Pathophysiology for Nursing, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, Nursing Care of the Adult I, Pharmacology for Nurses, Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses)
NURS 3360 Nursing Care of Maternal and Newborn (3, Spring)
The course focus is theoretical and clinical concepts of care for childbearing patients and infants. Utilizing the nursing process, develop culturally competent nursing practices for the promotion of wellness and management of common healthcare issues and concerns as they relate to women and newborns. The course introduces contemporary perspectives of healthcare of women during normal pregnancy, the intrapartal and postpartal periods. The clinical environment includes the Maternity Clinic, labor and delivery, postpartum / couplet care, newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Emphasis is placed on recognizing and practicing nursing care that supports the physiologic processes associated with childbearing. Additional course fees. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult I, Pharmacology for Nurses, Nursing Care for Mental Health and Professional Seminar, Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses)
NURS 3370 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents (3, Spring)
The course focus is on the theoretical and clinical concepts of care of the children and adolescents utilizing the nursing process. Utilizing the nursing process, develop culturally competent nursing practices utilizing developmental needs for the promotion of wellness and management of common healthcare issues and concerns as they relate to children and adolescents. . The student will use the nursing process to provide comprehensive care to children in diverse settings across the care continuum with a focus on family-centered care. Patient safety issues that put children at greater risk will be emphasized. The clinical environment includes the care of the pediatric patient in the healthcare setting. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult I, Pharmacology for Nurses, Nursing Care for Mental Health and Professional Seminar, Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses)
NURS 3380 Health Promotion (3, Spring)
The course focus is on preparing the student to promote optimal wellness to clients and families throughout the lifespan. It examines the impact of common lifespan stressors on students, clients, and family systems. Principles of health promotion and protection, including theories of behavior change, motivation and health education, are applied. The relationship between lifestyle, health and wellness is explored. In the clinical environment students will participate in a teaching plan. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult I, Pharmacology for Nurses, Nursing Care for Mental Health and Professional Seminar, Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses)
NURS 4310 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult (5, Fall)
The course focus is on critical care nursing concepts. Emphasis is placed on refining skills in problem-solving and clinical reasoning in order to function successfully in the critical care and emergency room environments. Complex evidence-based nursing care for patients in crisis situations will be addressed including ethical and end of life issues. Additional course fee. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult II, Nursing Care of Maternal and Newborn, Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents, Health Promotion)
NURS 4320 Nursing Care for the Community and Public Health (5, Fall)
The course explores dimensions of the health for individuals, communities, and populations. Emphasis is placed on the context of the community for health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction for individuals and families. Using the nursing process and a Christian Worldview, students will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care of clients and families in the home, hospice and other community settings. It will examine epidemiological principles and evidence-based nursing interventions. In the clinical environment students will work in a variety of community based settings. Focus will include and health event investigation, case finding, and outreach, health screening and referrals/interventions, community health education, and collaboration and coalition building for community health advocacy. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult II, Nursing Care of Maternal and Newborn, Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents, Health Promotion)
NURS 4330 Nursing Research and Professional Seminar (3, Fall)
The course focus is scientific nursing rationale for the utilization of research in evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and outcomes research methodologies through reading research literature, critiquing published studies, and summarizing research evidence to promote change in practice. The course explores legal and ethical issues in relation to nursing research. The professional seminar content will address the historical, legal, ethical and social aspects of nursing; patient safety and advocacy from a Christian worldview. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Adult II, Nursing Care of Maternal and Newborn, Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents, Health Promotion)
NURS 4340 Leadership and Management in Nursing (5, Spring)
The course focus is principles of nursing leadership and management in the delivery of healthcare. A historical overview of leadership and management theories assists the student in understanding legal and ethical implications of the role of the professional nurse in regard to patient care, delegation, staffing, budgeting, communication and quality improvement. In the clinical environment students will work in partnership with nurse leaders to apply concepts of leadership and management in the practice setting. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult, Nursing Care for the Community and Public Health, Nursing Research and Professional Seminar)
NURS 4350W Nursing Capstone and Professional Seminar (5, Spring)
The course is designed to expand the student’s learning in a specified area related to nursing practice. The student will gain an overview of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare system within which they work. Content will synthesize knowledge from previous courses. Professional Seminar content will address the historical, legal, ethical and social aspects of nursing; patient safety and advocacy from a Christian worldview. The clinical environment includes a variety of healthcare settings. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult, Nursing Care for the Community and Public Health, Nursing Research and Professional Seminar)
NURS 4360 Preparation for Professional Practice (3, Spring)
The course assists students as they approach the completion of the nursing major and transition into the role of professional nurse. The course includes formal comprehensive exams in preparation for NCLEX-RN. The student will examine entry level employment opportunities. Additional course fee. (Prerequisites: Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult, Nursing Care for the Community and Public Health, Nursing Research and Professional Seminar)
With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simpson University you will be set up with the tools you need to have a successful career in healthcare. We have a brand-new science and nursing facility with two stories, six patient simulation zones, and two clinical skills labs. This state-of-the-art facility, along with our compassionate worldview for service and professional medical expertise, will enable you to get the most out of your nursing degree. In addition to careers in medicine, research or teaching, your pre-licensure nursing degree from Simpson University will also help prepare you for a whole host of career options:
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In addition to classroom coursework and a supervised nursing practicum, you'll gain hands-on experience through curriculum taught directly in hospitals and medical facilities. Combined with a directed focus on contemporary nursing trends, this real-world practice will prepare you for the changing roles of nursing in today's healthcare environment, including:
- Family and community health nursing
- Acting as patient advocate
- Embedding into community and family
- Serving in holistic environments like hospice and home health care
At Simpson University we want to see you thrive. If you are considering a career in nursing and other medical professions, we encourage you to come prepared. A passion for knowledge and a strong college preparatory background in mathematics and the biological sciences are essential. If you are well prepared, you will find your academic experience at Simpson University not only challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.
Nursing Major (RN-to-BSN Track)
The School of Nursing's RN-to-BSN degree will keep you current in the rapidly evolving field of nursing, while also providing the knowledge, skills and credentials you need to advance your career. Simpson offers the only local RN-to-BSN program with on-site coursework and community practicum experience. You will be eligible for your Public Health Nurse Certificate (PHN) by completing this program.
You'll take courses designed to strengthen your understanding of the practical theory of nursing, the economics of healthcare, health assessment and the skills critical to today’s nursing environment. By combining a strong foundation of core curriculum and research with a focused development on management and leadership expertise, you'll be well prepared to:
- Enhance your competitiveness in the marketplace
- Increase your income
- Qualify for administrative and leadership healthcare positions
Applicants are required to have a current RN license and a minimum of 62 credits from an accredited institution to enroll in the RN-to-BSN program. Some courses will require clinical hours outside of class that will apply toward your PHN certificate.
With our unique class structure, you’ll take one class at a time - one night a week for 5 weeks, with each class designed to build on the knowledge gained in the previous class. In this way, you'll move through your degree program in a step-by-step, structured schedule that allows you to focus your full attention on the material you need to know in the nursing field. It’s a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.
You'll start your RN-to-BSN program with a group of nurses just like you...and go through the entire program with the same group. In addition to moral support, this gives you opportunities for networking and developing lifelong friendships with people who share your career and your passion.
NURS 3010 Transition to Professional Nursing
The foundations of professional nursing practice from historical, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal perspectives are explored. The professional nursing role is analyzed with significant trends and issues that impact current nursing practice. The course also explores returning to school strategies to enhance student success in the RN to BSN program.
NURS 3020 Family/Community Health Nursing I
Family/Community Health Nursing I provides an opportunity for the application of knowledge and the skills of the community health/home health nurse in a community setting. Case management and its relation to managed care are explored. Requires clinical practice with a preceptor in a community health/home health setting.
Introduction to the Bible
An introduction to the literature of the Bible within its geographical, historical and social contexts. The course affirms biblical relevance to the ethical issues of everyday living, including those in the workplace.
NURS 3030 Family/Community Health Nursing II
Family/Community Health Nursing II explores dimensions of community health/public health nursing within the context of population based nursing care in the community. Examines epidemiological principles. Requires clinical practice with a preceptor in a community health/public health setting.
NURS 3610 Statistics for Nurses
This is an introductory course in statistics and their application to business situations. Topics of study include data presentation, types of distribution, probability theory, sampling and hypothesis testing. Parametric and non-parametric statistical tests will be examined, including t-tests, correlation tests, Chi-square and ANOVA.
NURS 4000 Gerontology & Chronic Illness
This course will focus on evidence-based principles of management of care specifically for the older adult and the patient with chronic illness. A wide-range of theories and models shown to advance best practices in the care of chronically ill and older adult patient will be explored. Enhanced knowledge and strategies will prepare the professional nurse for their role in supporting patient self-management activities and the coordination of the transitions of care across the continuum.
NURS 4010 Research & Evidence Based Practice
Examines scientific clinical nursing rationale for research utilization and evidence-based practice. Concepts of research methods and processes are used to analyze relevant nursing problems for clinical effective practice. This course explores ethical issues in relation to nursing research and current nursing practice.
Christianity and World Religions
An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphases on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.
NURS 4020 Health Teaching
Explores health behavior and health promotion theoretical frameworks, methodologies and strategies of health education to meet the needs of a variety of patient populations. Students engage In discussions and activities around writing instructional objectives, assessment, design and evaluation of instruction by nurses.
NURS 4030 Leadership in Nursing
Focuses on the theoretical principles of management and leadership in the delivery of healthcare. An historical overview of management theories assists the student in understanding legal and ethical implications of the role of professional nurses in regard to client care, delegation, staffing, budgeting, communication, team building, organizational performance and outcomes, and other current issues. Management concepts and skills are examined to promote individual and group satisfaction within the work environment. Course content includes current issues and trends in nursing leadership and management and the contribution of the profession in today's society.
NURS 4045 Advanced Nursing Science
This course explores contemporary trends in healthcare delivery systems and professional nursing practice. Students will explore advances in the current healthcare system including topics of technology, informatics, genomics, and healthcare economics with a focus on the roles of nurses and other healthcare leaders.
NURS 4050 Senior Nursing Seminar
This course provides an opportunity for the registered nurse student to explore a topic of current interest to the nursing profession for research and presentation. This course is considered a capstone course to the ASPIRE RN-to-BSN step-up program and is offered only for those students who have completed all other requirements for the nursing major.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Louann has 32 years of experience in healthcare, beginning as an obstetrical staff nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Red Bluff, Calif. She has been a nursing supervisor, a staff and community educator, a patient services administrator supervisor, and disaster coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. She also has significant classroom experience, including service at Shasta College as a vocational nurse instructor; at Holy Names University as an adjunct faculty member; and at College of the Siskiyous as an instructor in their ADN program.
- M.S.N., California State University, Sacramento
- B.S.N., California State University, Dominguez Hills
- Foundations of Nursing
- Health Assessment
- Nursing Pathophysiology
- Health Promotion
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Linda is a native of Redding Calif., and completed her ADN at Shasta College in 1997. She has experience in medical surgical nursing, cardiac care and emergency nursing. Most recently, Linda served as the trauma coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. After earning her master’s in Nursing Education in 2011, Linda has provided education to all levels of the healthcare team covering topics in trauma, emergency pediatric nursing, crisis intervention and community injury prevention topics. Linda is the geriatric content expert for Simpson University’s School of Nursing.
- M.S.N., Walden University
- B.S.N., CSU Chico
- A.D.N., Shasta College 1997
- Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar
- Nursing Care of the Older Adult
- Nursing Care of the Adult I
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Paul is a native of Minnesota and graduated from Arizona State University and later received a Master of Science in Nursing Education. With over 20 years in health care, his roles in critical care nursing have included Intensive Care, Emergency Room, PEDS, ICU, Trauma, Flight RN and nursing supervision. Paul is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. He is married with three children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he and his wife raise Alpacas and enjoy traveling.
- M.S.N., Walden University
- B.S., Arizona State
- Nursing Care of the Adult IV
- Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Lin has 37 years of nursing experience in various fields of nursing including nursing education. Her main focus in nursing has always been the critical care areas including: ICU, CCU, PICU, NICU, and the ED. Lin has also been a house supervisor overseeing a 600+ bed hospital, a unit manager, and a clinical educator. Lin spent the last five years educating the next generation of nurses in an ADN program.
- Doctoral Candidate at the University of Phoenix
- M.S.N., University of Phoenix
- B.S., University of New Hampshire
- Nursing Care of the Adult III
- Leadership and Management
Becky Swartzman, M.S.N., M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Becky joins the Simpson University nursing faculty with over 20 years experience and a varied background as a registered nurse. Her nursing positions include working in medical-surgical, intensive care, home-health/hospice, and most recently in a same day surgery center. She also was the owner/care provider for the Neighborhood Clinic and the mid level provider work at an urgent care center. Becky took a brief sabbatical from nursing to serve as the pastor of family and community health for her church. Her teaching experience includes clinical instructor at both the LPN and RN level at Pueblo Community College in Durango, Colorado.
- M.Div., King’s University
- Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado
- M.S.N., University of Colorado
- B.S.N., University of Colorado
- ADN, Grossmont Community College
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Upon the completion of the BSN program, graduates will:
- Integrate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences, informatics, and the humanities into professional nursing practice.
- Integrate faith and professional practice in a manner that is respectful of other’s spiritual beliefs and congruent with personal spirituality.
- Design competent, client centered professional nursing care for individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum in a variety of community based settings, emphasizing patient safety and quality.
- Implement health promotion and disease prevention plans for individuals, families, and populations.
- Demonstrate cultural competence in providing and working with others.
- Use critical thinking and evidence-based practice and research findings in professional nursing practice.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional nursing roles, values, social justice and human dignity.
- Form interdisciplinary collaborative relationships to improve professional nursing practice and the quality of health care for all.
- Exhibit effective communication skills for professional nursing practice.
- Participate in political regulatory processes to influence health care systems and quality improvement policies.
Major Specific Resources
Hosanna Terrado - 2013 Nursing Alumna
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Lysandra Ramirez - Current Nursing Student
One of the students who will get to enjoy the new building for her final year of nursing is 20-year-old Lysandra Ramirez of Shingletown, Calif. During chapel her first year at Simpson, she heard a group speak about medical missions and its work in Africa to help people with AIDS.
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Heather Dainauskus - Current Nursing Student
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Truly Vang - Current Nursing Student
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The baccalaureate in Nursing program at Simpson University is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.