Board of Registered Nursing Approves Simpson University Cohort

For Immediate Release


School of Nursing Students

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has been approved for a second cohort of four-year nursing students beginning this fall.

The California Board of Registered Nursing granted formal approval June 16 for an additional cohort of 18 students. The School of Nursing already has a cohort of students who start the five-semester program each spring. The number of students admitted to the new fall cohort will increase each year.

“Kristie Stephens (dean of the School of Nursing) and her team have worked very diligently with clinical placement agencies and others within the university to meet the myriad of requirements needed to apply for an additional nursing cohort,” said Dr. Gayle Copeland, provost of Simpson University. “We look forward to welcoming additional students into our School of Nursing.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It has graduated more than 110 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, nearly 170 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

Simpson nursing graduates are working in multiple healthcare agencies—many in the North State—and some have served on medical mission trips overseas. The School of Nursing has a three-year average of a 94 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a standardized exam used by state nursing boards to determine if candidates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

“Our exceptional faculty, staff and students are building the vision and future of healthcare,” Stephens said. “We seek to model the head, hands and heart of Jesus and delight in the opportunity to help students prepare for service in Christ’s kingdom.”

The School of Nursing partners with 24 North State healthcare agencies, and students do clinical rotations at many of these locations, including Mercy Medical Center, Shasta Regional Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Restpadd, public and mental health facilities in Shasta and Tehama counties, and many others.

North State hospitals also utilize the university’s Science and Nursing Center, which contains state-of-the-art simulation labs, for training for their nurses.

In addition to its CCNE accreditation, The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Learn more at



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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