Legal Name
DepartmentDepartment of Nursing
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Office LocationLim Center 012



  • Ph.D., University of San Diego, California
  • M.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • B.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Rachel Van Niekerk's clinical background is varied, including Pediatric Medical/Surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric Home Health, and Nursing Education.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL NURSE SURVEY was the title of her dissertation, completed in May 2011, which was an online mixed methods survey of California school nurses evaluating school nurse ratios in relation to school attendance, medications errors and perceived value of the school nurse. She has a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in pediatrics and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys the pediatric population and has experience caring for children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. She began teaching at Biola in 2003.

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