Simpson University Nursing School Receives Second Top Ranking

For Immediate Release


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REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has been listed as one of the best nursing programs in California by

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond, said Sally Worthington, outreach coordinator for Past and present first-time NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” weighted by year, were analyzed.

Based on these results, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was ranked No. 17 in the state. Worthington congratulated the university and its nursing program on its “stellar performance.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It has a three-year average of a 96 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), a standardized exam used by state nursing boards to determine if candidates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and college president, the School of Nursing 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.

In July, Simpson University was listed at No. 14 in Niche’s 2017 Best Colleges for Nursing in California.

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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