Simpson University Nursing School Ranked in Top 15 in California

For Immediate Release



REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has been listed as a top school in the 2017 Best Colleges for Nursing in California.

The rankings, posted by Niche, are based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as with millions of reviews from students and alumni, according to the Best Colleges for Nursing website.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was listed at No. 14 out of the top 30 schools in California.

"This rating speaks to the rigor and quality of our nursing program, which continues to grow and improve," said Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing. "Our expert faculty offer mentoring relationships in a small classroom setting, where students get valuable hands-on practice and engage in dynamic learning."

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It has graduated more than 135 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. For the third summer, a group of nursing students is partnering with Project India Compassion to put on healthcare camps in rural villages in Mori, India.

“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 has averaged a job placement rate of 92 percent for its graduates since 2014. In addition, it has a three-year average of a 96 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.

The school is named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and college president. In a spring 2016 naming ceremony, Dr. Dean encouraged nursing students to guard their hearts, as “it is your heart that will enhance your practice and allow you to express fully all it means to be an outstanding practitioner.”

She reminded them, “Your real impact is the eternal consequence of your ministry. Treat with competence. Practice with care.”

The School of Nursing partners with more than 20 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, among 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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