Nursing Clinical

Clinical is a key component of nursing education. It gives students a chance to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to actual patient care. In fact, you’ll spend as much time in the clinical setting as the classroom. By the end of the program, students experience a range of clinical settings – hospitals, schools, clinics, community-based health centers, nursing homes as well as exposure to a variety of patient populations. Simmons has a number of innovative clinical learning models including participation in dedicated education units in hospitals and interprofessional learning opportunities. 

RN Clinical Preparation

  • Students will be in clinical for approximately 600 hours by the end of the program.
  • You’ll have six group clinical rotations with a student to faculty ratio of 6:1.
  • Clinical rotations include medical/surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatric nursing, and community health.
  • Students participate in a final-semester Senior Clinical Capstone Experience. You will spend 2-3 shifts per week with an RN in a clinical setting to prepare you for independent, professional practice and develop the role of collaborating healthcare team member upon licensure.

Advanced Practice Clinical Preparation

  • Over four semesters you’ll complete 770 clinical hours.
  • Before starting the first clinical experience in the community, students will have a chance to complete a full semester performing physicals and health assessment on paid patients. This experience takes place on campus, in nursing labs. Students are supervised by NP faculty.
  • Clinical focuses on the primacy care setting across the lifespan, including pediatrics, women’s health, adult and geriatric care.
  • We provide students with personalized placements based on their professional goals and learning needs.

Clinical Sites

Simmons has more than 450 clinical affiliation agreements with Massachusetts and New England healthcare facilities. Below is a sample of just some of the sites where students participate in clinical.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Community and Neighborhood Health Centers
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Commonwealth Care
  • Compass Medical
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Dedham Medical Associates
  • Dorchester House
  • Element Care
  • Emerald Physicians
  • Family Doctors
  • Harvard University Health Services
  • Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • MinuteClinic – CVS
  • MIT Health Services
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • North Shore Community Health Center
  • Pembroke Primary Care
  • Pentucket Medical Associates
  • Signature Medical Group
  • South Shore Hospital
  • South Shore Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Steward Medical Group
  • Sturdy Memorial Hospital
  • Thundermist Community Health Center
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Visiting Nurse Association
  • Winchester Hospital

And many more!