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Master of Science: B.S.N. to M.S.

Master of Science: B.S.N. to M.S.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Applications will be considered for the September(fall) semester. Spring and summer enrollment are not available.

Master's Degree Program for Nurses with a B.S.N. or B.A. /B.S. in a Related Field

This program is designed for registered nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a related field who wish to obtain a graduate degree in nursing within a family nurse practitioner specialty concentration. The Simmons College graduate program is one of the oldest nurse practitioner programs in the country.

Interested in our online Master of Science in Nursing program? Visit Nursing@Simmons to learn more about our innovative program designed for licensed registered nurses with a bachelor's degree.

Objectives for the Master's Curriculum

Critique, evaluate, synthesize and utilize theoretical, scientific and clinical knowledge as applied to the assessment and management of primary and acute health and illness states.

Demonstrate a personal, collegial and collaborative approach as an advanced practice nurse while emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and identification of environmental factors that impact health status across the lifespan.

Develop an understanding and appreciation of human diversity as an advanced practice professional to assure the delivery of appropriate and individualized health care across the curriculum.

Demonstrate sound critical thinking and clinical decision making reflected in effective written and verbal communication skills utilized by the advanced practice nurse in a complex delivery system.

Demonstrate personal qualities and professional behaviors which are assertive and engage in advanced practice activities that advocate for on-going change and leadership within nursing and in the health care system.

Apply critical thinking skills within a multidisciplinary approach to care which fosters strategies and assembles multifaceted resources to empower patients, families and communities to attain and maintain maximal functional wellness.

Demonstrate nursing judgments and interventions which provide culturally sensitive care for diverse populations.

Demonstrate nursing practices which address human differences.

Design and implement evidence-based primary health care practices in varied health care systems.

Assume a leadership role in the management of patients, communities and larger systems.

Initiate changes in patient care and in the health care system through negotiation with other health care professionals.

Evaluate the efficacy of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment interventions through the application of knowledge of health care systems, economics, policy, ethics and politics.

Conduct clinical nursing research designed to advance the science of nursing.

Advance professional growth through continued acquisition of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience, and through participation and/or leadership in professional and community consultation and collaboration, continuing education, certification, and lifelong learning.