Betty M. Dean School of Nursing

The mission of the School of Nursing is to model the head, hands and heart of Jesus Christ dedicated to caring and world service.

Simpson University's Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers students a quality Christian education embracing a faith-based nursing curriculum where caring is at the core of nursing.

Through innovative programs and personalized faculty attention, nursing students engage in challenging discussions, small classroom settings and invaluable hands-on experience in state-of-the-art simulation labs that enhance learning outcomes.

  • Pre-licensure Nursing (BSN)

    Simpson University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing preparing entry-level professional nurses to effectively serve the health needs of the individual, community, society, and the world, integrating Christian caring into nursing practice.

    Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN state-licensing exam. Graduates are also eligible for the California Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificate upon passing NCLEX.

    NCLEX - Pass Rates for Simpson University

    Learn more about our four-year BSN program.

  • Post-Licensure Nursing (RN-BSN Track)

    Simpson University School of Nursing offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (RN-BSN Track), which caters to working registered nurses (currently licensed in the U.S.) who want to develop professional skills.

    The degree expands the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional nursing, providing a meaningful understanding of healthcare’s rapidly changing environment.

    Learn more about our RN-BSN Track.

Science and Nursing Center

Simpson University’s Science and Nursing Center

The Science and Nursing Center is equipped with:

  • Two stories: one floor dedicated to science majors and one to nursing education
  • Four patient simulation zones
  • Two clinical skills labs
  • Specialized areas for physics, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, ecology and anatomy
  • General-purpose classrooms
  • Centralized faculty offices
  • Connie Echols, R.N., B.S.N

    Instructor of Nursing

    ccehols@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4975

    Profile:

    Professor Connie Echols is a native of Humboldt county and graduation in 1997 with an ADN from College of the Redwoods. She later attended Simpson University, graduating from the RN-BSN program in 2009. Her experience includes med-surg/pre-op/post-op care/flaoat pool/and MD office as well experience as a Public Health Nurse II. She has been a part of the Simpson community for 8 years, formally serving as the school nurse and recently joining the School of Nursing faculty in 2016. She is married with four children and loves Simpson University and the Redding area.


    Educational Background:

    • B.S.N., Simpson University
    • A.D.N., College of the Redwoods

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  • Linda Henrich, R.N., D.N.P.(c)

    A headshot of nursing professor Linda Henrich

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    lhenrich@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4170

    Profile:

    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.

    Educational Background:

    • M.S.N., Walden University
    • B.S.N., CSU Chico
    • A.D.N., Shasta College 1997

    Courses Taught:

    • Foundations of Nursing and Professional Seminar
    • Nursing Care of the Older Adult
    • Nursing Care of the Adult I

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  • Olivia Li, R.N., M.S.N.

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    oli@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4541

    Profile:

    Professor Olivia Li has over eighteen years of international nursing, teaching and leadership experience in China, the United Kingdom (UK), Canada and the United States (US). Professor Li gained her nursing and teaching experience through a wide variety of settings including: intensive care unit (ICU), acute surgical/medical, orthopedic/trauma, occupational and community health in both public and private sectors. She obtained her Master's degree in Nursing in the UK focused on education, and currently holds numerous qualifications and licenses including: active licenses as a registered nurse in the US, Canada and the UK; adult education certificate and Certified Occupational Health Nurse. Professor Li is privileged to serve this Christ-centered community at Simpson University and is passionate about infusing the power of the Father’s deep love into nursing education.


    Educational Background:

    • M.S.N., University of Wales
    • B.S.N., China Medical University

    Courses Taught:

    • Nursing Care of the Adult I
    • Evidence Based Practice and Informatics for Nurses
    • Nursing Research (RN-BSN track)

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  • Lin Nosek, R.N., Ph.D.(c)

    A headshot of nursing professor Lin Nosek

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    gnosek@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4542

    Profile:

    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.

    Educational Background:

    • Doctoral Candidate at the University of Phoenix
    • M.S.N., University of Phoenix
    • B.S., University of New Hampshire

    Courses Taught:

    • Nursing Care of the Adult III
    • Obstetrics
    • Pediatrics
    • Leadership and Management

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  • Mark Schneider, R.N., F.N.P, M.S.N.

    A headshot of nursing professor Mark Schneider

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Mjschneider@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4550

    Profile:

    Mark Schneider has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years having graduated nursing school in 1990. He received a BSN from Simpson University’s first RN - BSN program and a Master of Science in Nursing FNP from Sonoma State University in 2013. He joined the Simpson University faculty in January 2014 teaching RN-BSN courses part time. In January 2015, he became a full time Assistant Professor of Nursing while continuing to work as a Nurse Practitioner at a local community clinic. Mark has lived in Redding most of his life enjoying the mountains lakes and rivers. He is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

    Educational Background:

    • M.S.N., Sonoma State University
    • B.S.N., Simpson University

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  • Misty Smith, R.N., M.S.N.

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    mdsmith@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4171

    Profile:

    Misty earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 2006 in the Midwest. Her practice experiences have been with adult patient populations, specifically caring for those with metabolic and nephrotic conditions. Early within her practice role, Misty was motivated to begin working toward a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in order to teach within nursing academia. Misty earned her MSN in 2008 and returned to her alma mater to teach. She taught in a number of nursing courses, primarily focused on Adult Health nursing. She began her journey to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Education in 2013 and is working diligently to advance her knowledge. Misty and her husband have been married since 2001 and have two children. They moved to Redding in 2012 and are enjoying opportunities to hike, bike and take in the beautiful topography.


    Educational Background:

    • M.S.N., South University
    • B.S.N., Research College of Nursing

    Courses Taught:

    • Nursing Research
    • Pathophysiology for Nurses
    • Professional Practice for Nurses

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  • Becky Swartzman, R.N., M.Div., F.N.P., D.N.P.

    A headshot of nursing professor Becky Swartzman

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    rswartzman@simpsonu.edu
    (530) 226-4102

    Profile:

    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.

    Educational Background:

    • D.N.P., Indiana Wesleyan University
    • 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

    Courses Taught:

    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

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