Which Nursing Degree Is Right for Me?

Nursing@Simmons offers two online degree programs with three distinct program tracks to enable nurses with a range of backgrounds and professional goals to advance their careers.

For a registered nurse (RN) with a nursing diploma or associate degree, we offer the RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. For an RN with a bachelor’s degree, we offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – FNP program. For an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with an MSN degree, we offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

Which path is right for you?

I am an …

RN with an associate degree or nursing diploma

I want to:

  • Gain increased confidence as a clinician through additional clinical experiences and leadership coursework
  • Initiate and manage patient treatment plans
  • Diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications to patients
  • Improve the lives of patients in my community through health promotion
  • Be able to work in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals and urgent care facilities

RN with a bachelor’s degree

I want to:

  • Initiate and manage patient treatment plans
  • Diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications to patients
  • Improve the lives of patients in my community through health promotion
  • Be able to work in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals and urgent care facilities

APRN with an MSN degree

I want to:

  • Conduct evidence-based research and apply it to clinical practice
  • Use informatics, data, and technology to implement change in health systems
  • Design and apply policies that affect health care financing, safety, and practice regulations