Meet the Dean

Judy Beal Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) at Simmons College. Simmons has a long tradition offering academic programs in the health professions. We have been educating nurses since 1901; dietitians and physical therapists since the 1940s; nurse practitioners since 1978; nursing executives since 2008 and health professions educators since 2005.

Our school has cutting edge curricula, an interprofessional mission and approach and faculty who are top notch scholars, researchers, clinicians and leaders in their fields.

Our Mission

To educate students to become expert practitioners, scholars, and leaders in the health professions.

Our Core Values

  • We respect the inherent dignity of all humanity and are committed to educating students who embrace: social responsibility and social justice; professional standards and ethical comportment; culturally competent care; diversity, inclusion, and care for all populations, including the most vulnerable members of our society; and, service to others.
  • We embrace a dynamic teaching learning environment and are committed to: a culturally sensitive education; a learner focused education; service learning; life- long learning; excellence in teaching; and research/scholarship that informs teaching and practice.
  • We champion a culture of change and are committed to: inter-professional education that respects team work and collaboration; innovation and entrepreneurship; and, change agency
  • We are committed to the development of health professionals who value life-learning, promote the quality and safety in the delivery of care, and integrate theory and research into their practice.

What an exciting time pursue a degree in the health professions. With an aging society, healthcare reform and a growing interest in wellness and disease prevention, the need is great for healthcare professionals – with significant job growth projected through 2025. Our strong focus on interprofessional education is supported by the Institute of Medicine as the most effective approach to educating students for careers in the health professions.

Our school embraces Simmons mission: Transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Our programs promote "a student-centered culture of learning, leading and making a difference." We transform the lives of students and patients on a daily basis. Our graduates are prepared to deliver high quality care in a complex healthcare delivery system, and will be the future leaders of healthcare.

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Health Sciences