Simpson University inaugural pinning ceremony (KRCR News)
See Where They're Headed Next
Meet the founding BSN class of 2013. Find out where the graduates are originally from and what they are planning to do once they graduate this spring.
School of Nursing Mission
To prepare students for a dynamic career in the healthcare field through a combination of a compassionate world view to service, both state-side and overseas, and medical expertise.
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, 2013.
- Applicants will be informed of their admissions status by October 18, 2013.
- Students must accept or decline their space in the nursing program by October 31, 2013.
- • 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 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.
Learn In Real World Environments
As a nursing student at Simpson University, you'll have the opportunity to practice stewardship and expand your horizons...all while earning credits toward your degree.
In addition to careers in medicine, research or teaching, your pre-licensure nursing degree from Simpson will also help prepare you for a career in:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
...and dozens of other fields
At Simpson University we want to see you thrive. If you are considering a career in biology or nursing and other medical professions, we encourage you 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. If you are well prepared, you will find your academic experience at Simpson University not only challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.
*Also available for working adults and individuals wishing to complete their degree in Simpson University's convenient 16-month, Continuing Studies (ASPIRE) program. Nursing - Continuing Studies, ASPIRE program.
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
Peggy joins the nursing faculty at Simpson University with many years of experience as a registered nurse. She served in the United States Air Force for over seven years in Texas, Turkey and England. She also lived and worked in Ireland as a nurse. As a civilian nurse, she worked in Palo Alto and Red Bluff, Calif. Her experience includes adult medical-surgical nursing and the intensive care units. For the past three years, she has worked in Chico at the Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center.
- M.S.N., California State University, Chico
- B.S.N., Boston College
- Nursing Care of the Older Adult
- Nursing Pathophysiology
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Kristie is an inspirational educator and speaker with over 15 years in the healthcare industry. She has spent much of her nursing career in education and administration.
She is passionate about student outcomes and patient-centered care. Currently, she teaches at Simpson University as an assistant professor.
Kristie graduated with a BSN from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and later received a MSN with an emphasis in Hospital Administration and Education from University of Phoenix.
Kristie’s teaching and speaking began in the early stages of her career focusing on the technical aspects of care assisting new healthcare professionals transitioning from student to practitioner. She noticed something was missing. That something has ignited her to launch change initiatives within healthcare to transform the way care is delivered – care to include the patient, family and healthcare teams embracing the “soul of caring.”
Her past roles have included bedside staff positions, clinical educator, clinical faculty, staff development educator, nurse manager, project manager and most recently, faculty at Simpson University.
Kristie’s clinical experience in both the public and private setting, from large university medical center to community hospitals, as well as being a patient, has provided her with a unique perspective of healthcare. Kristie is particularly adept with connecting to the needs and feeling of her students through her hallmark of humor and energy. Whether you hear her speaking or leading seminars you will be encouraged, entertained and inspired to make a difference to those you serve.
- M.S.N., University of Phoenix
- B.S.N., Loma Linda University
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.