General FAQs

  1. What is Nursing@Simmons?
  2. How is Nursing@Simmons similar to Simmons’s on-campus Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program?
  3. How is Nursing@Simmons different from other online programs?
  4. Is Simmons accredited?
  5. How many credits do students take during the first, second, and third terms?
  6. What is the schedule for Nursing@Simmons?
  7. How is online coursework delivered?
  8. How long does it take to complete the program?
  9. What do students study in the program?
  10. Are there any required campus visits?
  11. How many classmates will I have in each of my live classes?
  12. Will my degree indicate that I took an online program?
  13. What is the cost of attending the Nursing@Simmons program?
  14. Will tuition change each academic year?

 

  1. What is Nursing@Simmons?

    Nursing@Simmons delivers the renowned nursing degree programs of the Simmons School of Nursing in an innovative, online format. Featuring two degree programs, Nursing@Simmons uses cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art online learning platform to help nurses earn their degree without relocating to Simmons’s campus in Boston, MA.

    Nursing@Simmons’s online program options include:

  2. How is Nursing@Simmons similar to Simmons’s on-campus MSN or DNP programs

    Students are also required to meet the same rigorous admissions and academic standards. Nursing@Simmons graduates receive a Simmons University Master of Science in Nursing degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and have the option to walk across stage to receive their degree during Simmons’s commencement in Boston, Mass.

    Nursing@Simmons maintains the same mission and core values as the on-campus graduate nursing programs. Through live face-to-face instruction with nationally recognized faculty, self-paced media-rich coursework, small classes, and clinical field placement within or near students’ own communities, Nursing@Simmons matches the academic rigor of the on-campus learning experience.
  3. How is Nursing@Simmons different from other online programs?

    Nursing@Simmons offers students an enriching learning experience that is delivered on a state-of-the-art learning platform. Program benefits include:

    • Small student-to-faculty ratio.
    • Faculty who are noted scholars and expert practitioners.
    • Focus on community and service learning.
    • Rigorous academic curriculum that blends live, online classes with self-paced learning modules, a campus immersion weekend, and hands-on clinical experiences.
  4. Is Simmons accredited?

    The FNP and RN to MSN programs are accredited through 2019 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency that ensures the quality of nursing programs.

    As per CCNE guidance, Simmons has submitted a substantive change report for the online modality of the Post-MSN to DNP programs within the prescribed window of no more than 90 days before and no later than 90 days after the start of classes. The DNP degree program offered on-campus is already accredited by CCNE through 2025.

  5. How many credits do students take per term?

    For complete details on term schedules, refer to our program-specific Academic Calendars:

    MSN Course Schedule
    RN to MSN Course Schedule
    Post-MSN to DNP Course Schedule

  6. What is the schedule for Nursing@Simmons?

    Students can complete the Nursing@Simmons program on a part-time or full-time basis. Each program track has a unique course sequence, shown below.

    RN to MSN students, review this course schedule.
    MSN students, review this course schedule. 
    Post-MSN to DNP students, review this course schedule.

  7. How is online coursework delivered?

    • Students use a cutting-edge online learning platform, which includes a highly interactive social networking platform.
    • Weekly, live online classes are delivered face-to-face by Simmons faculty, with approximately 15 students in each live class.
  8. How long does it take to complete the program?

    MSN students will complete 48 course credits and a minimum of 672 clinical hours. Full-time students complete the program over a period of five terms. Part-time students complete the program over a period of seven terms. For both full-time and part-time students, each term lasts 14 weeks, and students complete the same courses. Learn more about the MSN Program Requirements

    RN to MSN students will complete 68 course credits and a minimum of 672 clinical hours. Full-time students complete the program over a period of eight terms. Part-time students complete the program over a period of 10 terms. For both full-time and part-time students, each term lasts 14 weeks. The full-time program can be completed in as little as 30 months while the part-time program can be completed in as little as 36 months. Learn more about the RN to MSN Program Requirements

    Post-MSN to DNP students will complete 30 course credits and a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours. Clinical hours completed during the student’s MSN degree program will count toward the total 1,000 clinical hour requirement. Part-time students complete the program over a period of 7 terms and each term lasts 14 weeks. Learn more about the Post-MSN to DNP program requirements

  9. What do students study in the program?  

    Students will participate in an academically rigorous curriculum with focus on research and theory. Coursework emphasizes the promotion of health and well-being, as well as assessing, preventing, and managing chronic illness and diseases. For more information of on courses, view the course descriptions.

  10. Are there any required campus visits?

    Prior to beginning clinical hours, our MSN and RN to MSN students will travel once to the Simmons University campus in Boston, Mass., for an immersion weekend (Friday–Monday). During this immersion weekend, students will apply theory and practical skills in a controlled environment.

    Post-MSN to DNP students will travel once to Simmons University to complete an immersion weekend to prepare for the DNP project seminar course work.

    MSN full-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 2 and 3.

    MSN part-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 4 and 5.

    RN to MSN full-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 5 and 6.

    RN to MSN part-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 7 and 8.

    Post-MSN to DNP full-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 2 and 3.

    Post-MSN to DNP part-time students will attend the immersion weekend between Terms 4 and 5.

  11. How many classmates will I have in each of my live classes?

    Each online course has approximately 15 students. This ensures that you, your professors, and your classmates will have an opportunity to get to know each other. It also ensures faculty can be readily accessible to answer your questions about class materials and current topics in health care as well as serve as mentors.

  12. Will my degree indicate that I took an online program?

    No. The Nursing@Simmons programs have the same admissions and graduation requirements as the on-campus program, so there is no difference between the academic degrees earned. Your diploma will not denote that you earned your degree online.

  13. What is the cost of attending the Nursing@Simmons program?

    Tuition includes simulations, assessments, technology platform licensing and support. Tuition does not include the cost of books and a $160 student fee per term. 

    RN to MSN and MSN students, review tuition information.
    DNP students, review tuition information.

  14. Will tuition change each academic year?

    A moderate tuition increase can be expected each academic year.