You care about the health and wellness of others — and want to use your intelligence and compassion to improve patient care. Our 5-year BS/MSN program will help you make a difference in the rapidly evolving field of health care.

Students complete an accelerated BS in Nursing curriculum prepared for the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX) exam. Upon passing, you’ll move into the graduate portion of the program, which consists of three components – foundational courses, primary care and research. We prepare students to deliver primary health care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

We have close relationships with the world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities that surround the Simmons campus 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 rotations and practicums, attending lectures and taking advantage of research opportunities.

Simmons nursing students have a reputation for being the best and brightest in their field. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification exam and find success in positions in a variety of healthcare settings and in Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs.

Program Requirements

This program allows students accepted into the BS in Nursing program at Simmons to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing in an accelerated five-year program. Nursing students with a minimum GPA of 3.33 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.33 in nursing courses may apply during their sophomore year. Progression into the graduate sequence is dependent upon the student attaining RN licensure and a GPA of 3.0 in all nursing courses.

    Charlene Berube
    • Charlene Berube
    • Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2533
    • Office: S313
    Josephine Atinaja-Faller
    Gloria Cater
    • Gloria Cater
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • 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
    Margaret Costello
    Judith Cullinane
    Terry Davies
    • Terry Davies
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2436
    Colette Dieujuste
    Sarah Desmond
    • Sarah Desmond
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2546
    • Office: S307
    Susan Duty
    • Susan Duty
    • Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2096
    • Office: S312
    Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue
    Marla Lynch
    • Marla Lynch
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2535
    • Office: S333
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    • Eileen McGee
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2527
    • Office: S335
    Linda Moniz
    • Linda Moniz
    • Assistant Professor, Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2437
    • Office: S317
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    • Patricia Rissmiller
    • Chair, Graduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2133
    • Office: S342
    • Karen Teeley
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2536
    • Office: S325
    Sarah Volkman
    Patricia White
    Marianne Williams
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:

  • Six group clinical rotations, a final-semester preceptorship for approximately 600 clinical hours to prepare you for the NCLEX exam.
  • For Advanced Practice Clinical Preparation, you'll complete 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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