Campus Immersion

Campus Immersion in Boston

All Nursing@Simmons students travel to the Simmons School of Nursing campus in Boston, Mass., to participate in a clinical immersion experience. During the visit, students learn and grow as future Family Nurse Practitioners, and have the opportunity to network and form lasting bonds with fellow students and faculty.

Physical Assessment

During Immersion Weekend, students are required to work with a partner to complete a head-to-toe physical examination, with their partner acting as the patient. During this examination, students go through a systems-focused, physical assessment of various points of the body, correctly assessing and evaluating the “patient’s” symptoms, and identifying normal symptoms versus abnormal symptoms.

Clinical Seminars and Workshops

In addition to the physical assessment examination, students participate in seminars and workshops throughout the immersion experience to prepare them for success in their clinical courses.

Lab/Diagnostics Workshop: Students will move through stations in OSCE format (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). Faculty will circulate through stations to aid in providing instruction and feedback to student groups. Stations may include:

  • Lab Interpretation using case studies
  • EKG interpretation using case studies
  • Exam findings interpretation using case studies
  • Order writing
  • Phone calls with patients or consultants

Pelvic/Male GU Workshop: Students will use model simulators to practice pelvic/pap and Male GU skills. Faculty will circulate room to aid in providing instruction and feedback to student groups.

Office Procedures Workshop: Faculty demo & discuss materials and general information regarding standard office procedures that students will likely perform as FNPs.

Research Workshop: Students will have the opportunity to expand on their knowledge of evidence-based practice by applying it to clinical practice examples in small group discussions and presentations. Students will also take part in professional development activities regarding CV/resumes, interview skills, scholarly writing, and long term professional goals. Students who have completed 507/508 will be provided mentorship regarding dissemination and students currently in the 507/508 series will be provided mentorship regarding project development.

Clinical Expectations & Typhon Seminar: Faculty introduce Typhon, the electronic system students will use for logging clinical hours and patient experiences; an overview on programmatic clinical requirements and expectations for placement; and a clinical placement Q&A session with our Nursing@Simmons student ambassadors.

In addition to these workshops and seminars, the campus visit enables students to connect with their peers, advisors, and faculty for advice and support. The immersion experience culminates with students receiving their white coats and participating in a White Coat Oath, followed by the opportunity to unwind during a celebratory group dinner.

Immersion Weekend Sample Schedule


Time Event
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Physical Assessment Examination
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. "Journey to Simmons" Luncheon
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Lab & Diagnostics Workshop


Time Event
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Clinical Expectations & Typhon Seminar
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Office Procedures Workshop
3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Research Workshop


Time Event
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pelvic/Male GU Workshop
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Suturing Workshop
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Q & A
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. White Coat Oath & Celebratory Dinner

Immersion Cancellation Policy: Simmons reserves the right to cancel or reschedule immersion experiences due to weather, enrollment, or other factors that may impact the overall student experience.