Allen College and Simpson College Announce New Nursing Degree Partnership

November 28, 2011

WATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa, and Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, have entered into a collaborative agreement for Simpson students to earn a nursing degree through Allen College.

Under the agreement, students will attend Simpson College for three years and complete a major in biology. Students who qualify will then transfer to Allen College for 15 months. When all requirements are completed, students will receive both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Simpson, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Allen.

“Simpson College is an ideal partner for Allen College because of the quality of its academic programs and students,” said Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham. “Simpson offers a strong base of study in liberal arts and sciences that will enable students to successfully complete a nursing degree at Allen College.” 

“Allen College has a quality nursing program with which we can be proud partners,” said Patricia Singer, a professor of biology at Simpson. Singer said she already has received several inquiries from students interested in the dual degree nursing program.

 “Healthcare is less subject to market forces than many other careers, so we should always have a flow of students moving through our nursing program, and they should be able to get good jobs in their profession after they graduate,” Singer said. “And there are a variety of avenues that nurses can move into.” 

In addition to the three-year program, Simpson students who want to stay on campus for four years would still be eligible to apply to Allen’s nursing program under terms of the agreement.

Allen College is located in Waterloo, Iowa, and is an affiliate of Iowa Health System, the state’s largest healthcare system. Offering nursing education since 1926, Allen College became a degree-granting institution in 1989. The College offers BSN; Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs. For more information, call 319-226-2000 or visit

Simpson College is a four-year, comprehensive liberal arts institution. Simpson’s main campus is located in Indianola, Iowa, and it has classroom facilities in West Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa. For more information, call 800-362-2454 or visit

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