As a nurse, you'll be at the heart of health care.

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 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.

Program Requirements

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.

Our Nursing Dix Scholars program offers two tracks: a 16-month program for individuals with previous BA/BS who wish to accelerate and a 2- year option for those without a baccalaureate degree.

Nursing Courses in the 4 year BSN Program and 2 year Dix Scholars BSN Program  

  • NURS 228 Nursing Theory and Evidenced Based Practice 
  • NURS 295 Fundamental Skills and Health Assessment
  • NURS 229 Nursing Health Promotion 
  • NURS 331 Pharmacology
  • NURS 332 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 
  • NURS 333 Maternity Nursing
  • NURS 334 Pediatric Nursing
  • NURS 335 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 346 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 
  • NURS 336 Health Care Policy
  • NURS 347 Complex Care Management Across the Continuum
  • NURS 417   Leadership and Management 
  • NURS 418 Synthesis and Clinical Decision Making
  • NURS 419 Clinical Capstone Practicum
Nursing Courses in the 16 Month Accelerated BSN Program
  • NURS 404 Pathophysiology
  • NURS 295 Fundamental Skills and Health Assessment
  • NURS 331 Pharmacology
  • NURS 332 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 
  • NURS 333 Maternity Nursing
  • NURS 334 Pediatric Nursing
  • NURS 335 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 346 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 
  • NURS 387 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 417 Leadership and Management
  • NURS 419 Clinical Capstone Practicum
  • NURS 455 Clinical Decision Making and Complex Care
Science Prerequisites

Students Accepted into Nursing may take one of these 2 sequences:

Sequence 1:
  • BIOL 123* Principles of Microbiology 
  • CHEM 110* General Organic Biochemistry 
  • BIOL 231* Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 232* Anatomy & Physiology II (may be taken concurrent with NURS 225)
Sequence 2
(chosen by students to keep options open to other science majors ie: premed):
  • BIOL 113* General Biology
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry-Inorganic
  • CHEM 112N* Introductory Chemistry- Organic
  • BIOL 231* Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 232* Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 221* Microbiology (may be taken concurrent with NURS 235)
Other Requirements:
  • Pass Math Competency Exam prior to NURS 295.
  • Complete PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science and PSYC 237 N or PSYC 235 prior to NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335.
* Includes a lab.
Faculty
    Charlene Berube
    • Charlene Berube
    • Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2533
    • Office: S313
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    • Anne-Marie Barron
    • Associate Professor and Associate Dean
    • Phone: 617-521-2121
    • Office: S340D
    Josephine Atinaja-Faller
    Gloria Cater
    • Gloria Cater
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2561
    • Office: S305
    LaDonna Christian
    • LaDonna Christian
    • Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program and Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2618
    • Office: S310
    Jean Christoffersen
    • Jean Christoffersen
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2435
    • Office: S338C
    Margaret Costello
    Judith Cullinane
    • Judith Cullinane
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2551
    Colette Dieujuste
    Susan Duty
    Jocelyn Loftus
    Marla Lynch
    • Marla Lynch
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2535
    • Office: S333
    Kelly Marchant
    • Kelly Marchant
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Office: S336
    Linda Moniz
    • Linda Moniz
    • Assistant Professor of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2437
    • Office: S317
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    • Cathy Prevost
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Office: S332F
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    • Karen Teeley
    • Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2536
    • Office: S325
    Marianne Williams
    • Marianne Williams
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2445
    • Office: S311
Clinical

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:

  • Studying abroad to gain a global perspective on this universally-important major.
  • Six group clinical rotations starting in the second year and ending with a final-semester preceptorship
  • Approximately 600 clinical hours by the end of the program at hospitals, schools, clinics, and community-based health centers.
  • Students are encouraged to work with faculty on faculty-led research projects.
Dix Scholars Program for Adult Learners

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 year option for those without a baccalaureate degree or those desiring a part-time program.

Dotson Bridge and Mentoring 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, Director of the School of Nursing and the Dotson Family. Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 is an alumna of the Nursing Department at Simmons University. She and her husband George S. Dotson made the program possible through a generous gift.

How to Apply

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