Simpson University School of Nursing Receives 10-Year National Accreditation

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has been granted a 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

The decision by the CCNE Board of Commissioners followed a review process and on-site evaluation of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in February. The accreditation extends to Dec. 31, 2030.

“At its meeting, the Board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards,” states an Oct. 22 letter from the board chair. “The Board additionally determined that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.”

The CCNE Board of Commissioners first granted accreditation to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Simpson University in 2015. To earn the accreditation, the School of Nursing effectively demonstrated that its curriculum meets appropriately high standards and that support systems are in place to help nursing students achieve their goals.

“We are delighted to receive this continued affirmation of the quality education provided at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing,” said Misty Smith, dean of the school. “The committed and hard-working faculty, thoughtfully crafted curriculum, support from community stakeholders, and dedicated students contributed to the success of our recent accreditation visit. We remain steadfast and faithful in our ability to provide exceptional training and learning for the nursing profession.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Its standards of program quality and effectiveness include reviews of mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; curriculum and teaching-learning practices; and assessment and achievement.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools by Nursing School Hub in 2020, is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Simpson University has graduated more than 200 four-year BSN students since it launched the program in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from the university’s RN-BSN program. Nursing alumni serve in healthcare facilities throughout the North State and Western U.S. The School of Nursing was featured recently on a national radio program for the work nursing students did with the Shasta County public health department during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited and gratified to receive the Commission’s letter,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, provost of Simpson University. “Those of us who work daily with the outstanding faculty, staff and students in the School of Nursing know first-hand the excellence with which they pursue their work, but it is immensely satisfying and humbling to have the quality of that work certified through the imprimatur of professional accreditation.”

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 26 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at