National University

Pinnacle Honor Society Recipient Profile

Las Vegas EMS Instructor is pursuing her BSN degree

Each year, National University recognizes dozens of qualified graduates by paying for their membership fee to the Pinnacle Honor Society for Nontraditional Students. Those who qualify must be at least 25 years of age, married or divorced, have legal dependent, be physically challenged, or be a veteran. Additionally, they must be a senior or junior with a GPA of at least 3.0; and they must demonstrate leadership, persistence, and future promise.

Mary Beth Dickinson of Las Vegas, Nevada is a National University graduate from the Class of 2011 who was welcomed into the Pinnacle Honor Society this past spring after graduating with an Associate of Science in Nursing and a 3.7 grade point average. She is currently pursuing a BSN degree at National, with the goal of completing her MSN as well.

Ms. Dickinson is a former paramedic and is currently an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) instructor, coordinator, and manager for EMS laboratories at College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. She oversees Departments of Fire, Police and Security, and is a field training officer for paramedics in Las Vegas.

A member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Heart Association and Kiwanis, the 46-year-old health care professional is also active as a mentor for EMS students, volunteers at her local soup kitchen and participates in free shot clinics in her community. Her honors and awards include a National University Department of Nursing Directors Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.