Betty M. Dean School of Nursing

Mission Statement: The mission of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is to model the head, hands and heart of Jesus Christ dedicated to caring and world service.

Vision Statement: Committed to service through teaching, practice and research which are core to providing caring, competent, relevant, evidence based care with reliability and consistency for individuals, families, communities and populations.

Welcome to Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing website. Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is a learning environment in which students can grow as lifelong learners and followers of Jesus Christ guided by our institutional and program learning outcomes. Factors contributing to the success of this program include knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, use of innovative technology, a carefully constructed curriculum, and quality course and clinical learning experiences. The curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to produce bachelor-prepared graduate nurses who are competent and ready to provide safe and quality nursing care for those in need.

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. The School of Nursing faculty and staff use innovative teaching strategies to assist students with the professional development needed to meet the fast-paced and ever-changing healthcare environment. The high caliber of teaching and learning that occurs within the School of Nursing, combined with our faith-infused curriculum, set this university apart from others.

Our exceptional faculty and staff are building the vision and future of healthcare. We are prepared to “model the head, hands and heart of Jesus” and delight in the opportunity to assist nursing students with both their spiritual and professional development. The need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses is great and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing program will provide you with a quality education and opportunity to earn a degree that will open up a tremendous number of professional opportunities.

Please take time to look through our website to learn more about our undergraduate nursing program and the learning opportunities available to you here at Simpson University.


Dean of School of Nursing, Misty Smith

Misty Smith, PhD, MSN, RN
Dean, Betty M. Dean School of Nursing
Simpson University
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003

Simpson University's Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers students a quality Christian education embracing a faith-based nursing curriculum where caring is at the core of nursing.

Through innovative programs and personalized faculty attention, nursing students engage in challenging discussions, small classroom settings and invaluable hands-on experience in state-of-the-art simulation labs that enhance learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the BSN program, graduates will...

  • Integrate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences, informatics, and the humanities into professional nursing practice.
  • Integrate faith and professional practice in a manner that is respectful of others’ spiritual beliefs and congruent with personal spirituality.
  • Design competent, client centered professional nursing care for individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum in a variety of community based settings, emphasizing patient safety and quality.
  • Implement health promotion and disease prevention plans for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in providing healthcare and working with others.
  • Use critical thinking and evidence-based practice and research findings in professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional nursing roles, values, social justice and human dignity.
  • Form interdisciplinary collaborative relationships to improve professional nursing practice and the quality of healthcare for all.
  • Exhibit effective communication skills for professional nursing practice.
  • Participate in political regulatory processes that influence healthcare systems and quality improvement policies.

  • Pre-licensure Nursing (BSN)

    Simpson University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing preparing entry-level professional nurses to effectively serve the health needs of the individual, community, society, and the world, integrating Christian caring into nursing practice.

    Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN state-licensing exam. Graduates are also eligible for the California Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificate upon passing NCLEX.

    NCLEX - Pass Rates for Simpson University

    Learn more about our four-year BSN program.

  • Post-Licensure Nursing (RN-BSN Track)

    Simpson University School of Nursing offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (RN-BSN Track), which caters to working registered nurses (currently licensed in the U.S.) who want to develop professional skills.

    The degree expands the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional nursing, providing a meaningful understanding of healthcare’s rapidly changing environment.

    Learn more about our RN-BSN Track.

Science and Nursing Center

Simpson University’s Science and Nursing Center

The Science and Nursing Center is equipped with:

  • Two stories: one floor dedicated to science majors and one to nursing education
  • Four patient simulation zones
  • Two clinical skills labs
  • Specialized areas for physics, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, ecology and anatomy
  • General-purpose classrooms
  • Centralized faculty offices

Nursing Program Faculty

Pedro DeFreitas

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Lisa Scott

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Rebecca Swartzman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Stephanie Hiser

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tami McQuoid

Clinical Coordinator and Nursing Instructor

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