Simpson University School of Nursing Earns No. 8 Ranking

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country and No. 8 in California in RNCareers’ annual ranking.

“We rigorously evaluated 1,892 RN programs on a number of factors important to nursing students, including first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, program offerings, and more,” said Laura Jacobson at “We are pleased to announce that in our fourth annual nursing school rankings, Simpson University ranked No. 8 in California and is one of the best nursing schools in the nation with a grade of 96.36 percent.” is a team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, RNs and LPNs whose mission is to provide the information “we wish we had when we began our nursing careers,” Jacobson said. “That includes credible nursing school rankings.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was the highest ranked private university in California – and the only one in the top 10.


Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the School of Nursing has a three-year average of a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. and Canada.

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and former Butte College president, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 205 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

“Many factors contribute to our success, including the creativity, energy, and commitment of dedicated nursing faculty, staff and students,” said Kristie Stephens, dean. “The School of Nursing is both literally and figuratively the ‘head, hands and heart of Jesus Christ committed to serve,’ just as nursing is at the heart of healthcare.”

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

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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