Are you dedicated to making a difference in health care? Our 2-year program will help you reach your goals faster.

Our program is designed for registered nurses — with degrees in nursing or a related field — who wish to advance their careers with a graduate degree in nursing. 

Our program consists of three components – foundational courses, primary care and research. We prepare students to deliver primary health care to diverse populations across the lifespan. You’ll focus on health promotion and education, disease prevention and learn to assess and manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

Simmons is surrounded by world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities — like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our students expand their knowledge by completing clinical practicums, attending lectures and taking advantage of research opportunities.

Graduates of this program are prepared to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam, and find success in positions in primary health care and community care settings, private practice, and in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

Program Requirements
Sample Course Sequences for the MS in Nursing Program

Required Courses

  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 credits)
  • NURS 422 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span I (3 credits)
  • NURS 423 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II (2 credits)
  • Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Workshop (on campus during January intercession)
  • NURS 500 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
  • NURS 500A FNP I Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
  • NURS 501 FNP II Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (4 credits)
  • NURS 501A FNP II Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
  • NURS 502 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 502A FNP III Clinical Decision Making (2 credits)
  • NURS 503 FNP IV Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 503A FNP IV Clinical Decision Making (3 credits)
  • NURS 504 Family Theory: Health and Illness (3 credits)
  • NURS 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)
  • NURS 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)
  • NURS 589 Informatics (3 credits)
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)
  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS: 48

Faculty
Clinical and Research

Clinical and research are key components of our nursing programs. You'll have opportunities to explore your interests, build your skills and develop mentoring relationships with leaders in the field.

Our students put their knowledge into practice in many ways, including:

  • 770 clinical hours over four semesters at a variety of settings – hospitals, clinics, community-based health centers, nursing homes – and with diverse populations across the lifespan, including pediatrics, women’s health, adult and geriatric care.
  • Collaborate with faculty or community agencies to develop and implement scholarly research projects. 
How to Apply
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