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 will participate in seminars and workshops throughout the immersion experience to prepare them for success in their clinical courses.

Students will move through stations in OSCE format (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) during some of the workshops. Faculty will supervise stations while 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
  • Physical assessment skill building
  • General office procedures
  • Pediatric assessment

In addition to OSCE stations, students will attend and participate in:

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

Research Seminar: 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.

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 Ceremony.

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. Workshop #1


Time Event
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Clinical Expectations & Typhon Seminar
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Workshop #2
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop #3
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Celebration Event


Time Event
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshop #4
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Workshop #5
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Immersion Weekend Closing and White Coat Ceremony

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.