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Our nursing students are socially responsive and understand that each patient is unique. You'll cultivate the practices and procedures required to care for others and save lives.
You'll participate in classes brought to life by dedicated professors who also practice as nurses and pride themselves on being personal mentors. With our carefully designed acute care curriculum, state-of-the-art simulation labs, and clinical education program, our students graduate ready to administer skillful and compassionate care. We also offer the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program, a unique opportunity for adult learners to complete their BSN in 16 months or 2-3 years, as well as an innovative RN-BSN program and a 5-year BS/MS in nursing program.
We have close relationships with world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities -- like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital. You'll participate in clinical rotations, attend talks and pursue research and employment opportunities with leading experts in the industry.
Whether they're in an acute inpatient unit or a community health center, Simmons nursing students have a reputation for being the best and brightest in their field. Our students graduate prepared for the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX) exam, graduate school and entry-level nursing positions in offices, homes, hospitals and schools.
Students meet the science prerequisite courses before beginning the nursing course sequence. In addition to the nursing course requirements listed below, undergraduate nursing students will also complete coursework to fulfill the all-College degree requirements. See the undergraduate course catalog for details.
Students entering Simmons for Fall 2015 and after will take the following courses to fulfill the nursing major:
The following are also required for students in the 16-month accelerated Dix Scholar nursing program only:
Students accepted into Nursing may take one of these 2 sequences:
Sequence 2: (chosen by students to keep options open for other science majors in premed):
*Includes a lab
Sample course sequences for our BSN programs can be found on the School of Nursing and Health Sciences internal website.
Those students achieving outstanding academic records may be initiated into the Academy and/or the Simmons chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Chapter-at-Large, the International Nursing Honor Society and have the opportunity receive departmental honors.
Clinical and research experience are essential to nursing students. 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:
The Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program, designed for students who are 24 years or older, provides adults with the opportunity to benefit from the unique combination of liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional study that Simmons undergraduate programs offer.
Our Nursing Dix Scholars programs: a 16 month program for individuals with a previous BA/BS who wish to accelerate; a 2 or 3 year option for those without a baccalaureate degree or those desiring a part-time program.
We also offer the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program. The overarching purpose of the program is to enhance the educational experience and success of African American, Latina, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students enrolled in the nursing program by providing academic, clinical, professional and personal support.
The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program is the shared vision of Dr. Judy Beal, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Dotson Family. Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 is an alumna of the Nursing Department at Simmons College. She and her husband George S. Dotson made the program possible through a generous gift.
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