Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

The Simmons College board pass rates for our 2017 graduates is 94.2 percent — well above the national pass rate of 81.5 percent.

Earn Your MSN Online and Become an FNP

Empowering and educating nurses since 1902, Simmons University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program that brings our esteemed campus-based FNP program to you through a dynamic, online learning platform.

Nursing@Simmons’ innovative, online FNP program is designed for licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor’s degree.


The Master of Science in Nursing degree at Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

As a Nursing@Simmons student, you will benefit from the following:

Part-time and full-time program options are available, allowing you to balance your work, study, and personal commitments.

Our dedicated clinical placement team will assist you in finding a clinical site and preceptor for rotations near your own community.

We believe in providing an intimate academic experience with virtual classroom sizes of approximately 15 students.

Our online MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

With the online FNP program, you can earn your MSN while continuing to provide care and help patients in your community. You will receive a didactic education and extensive clinical training without having to relocate to Boston.

“Simmons is educating nursing leaders who are genuinely interested in making the world a better place ... It’s not just Boston pride. It’s Simmons pride.”
— Mary Kathleen Haber, Nursing@Simmons 2016 Alumna

The FNP Role

Nursing@Simmons prepares RNs with the solid knowledge base, comprehension, and clinical expertise required to practice as FNPs. Our program will help you broaden your scope of practice, provide holistic care to patients across the life span, and work in diverse clinical environments.

As a family nurse practitioner, you will:

  • Initiate and manage patients’ treatment plans
  • Provide diagnoses and prescribe medication
  • Focus on disease prevention and health management
  • Improve the lives of patients and your community through health promotion

Demand for FNPs

An increased patient population, coupled with a shortage of primary care physicians, has taken the demand for FNPs to an all-time high. As we expect this trend to continue, now is an optimal time for you to advance your career as a primary care provider.

By becoming a family nurse practitioner, you will increase your earning potential in a field with an above-average salary range. You will also gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction by expanding your scope of practice in a career that is consistently ranked one of the best jobs in health care.1

If you are a licensed RN and do not have your bachelor's degree, or you are already an APRN with an MSN, another track may be a better fit.