Direct Entry for those with a B.A./B.S. in another academic discipline: M.S. in Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions
- Must I have a degree in a science discipline to apply to the Direct Entry Nursing program?
- What are the admission requirements?
- Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
- What is the application deadline?
- Is there a minimum G.P.A. requirement?
- Is the GRE required?
- Is the TOEFL required if English is not my first language?
- When are courses offered?
- Can I concentrate in a speciality, such as pediatrics?
- What do I do if I want to speak or meet with a current student,graduate or faculty member?
- If I live out of state, can I complete my clinical rotations there?
- How much does the program cost?
Must I have a degree in a science discipline to apply to the Direct Entry Nursing program?
No. You may hold a bachelor's degree in any academic area from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university We have had graduates and students in the program who majored in business, psychology, chemical engineering and theology to name a few. That's the beauty of the program-we welcome all backgrounds. However, the key is that you must have completed or are completing the prerequisite courses for admission.
What are the admission requirements?
All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) or nearing completion of such a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. The degree can be in any academic discipline other than nursing.
Additionally, applicants must have completed certain prerequisite courses within 10 years of the application deadline. No pass/fail or audit courses are acceptable. AP (Advanced Placement), IB(International Baccalaureate), or CLEP scores do not fulfil these requirements. Courses taken in high school, even if at a university which were used for the high school diploma are not acceptable.
Specific prerequisites can be found on the Prereq tab of the DE section of this web site.
Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
Yes, as long as the communiy college is regionally accredited; courses were taken within 10 years of the application deadline and include labs. We require a course syllabus for all online courses;these are considered on a case by case basis.
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for entry to the program in September 2015 has not been determined yet.
Is there a minimum G.P.A. requirement?
Yes, we require a 3.0 G.P.A. in both the accumulative (overall for all colleges attended) and the science prerequisites(statistics and developmental psychology are not included in the science prerequisite). The GPA should include failed or repeated courses. The expectation is that grades of B or better are earned in the science prerequisite courses.
Is the GRE required?
Is the TOEFL required if English is not my first language?
Yes, TOEFL is required if English is not your native language. Scores taken within 2 years prior to the application deadline are required. Student score reports are not acceptable. SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores so the Educational Testing Service (ETS) must send official test scores to Simmons. Allow 4-6 weeks for such scores to arrive. Score requirements: paper-based: 570 computer-based: 230 internet-based: 88.
The TOEFL is waived if an applicant earned either a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or, a post-secondary institution abroad which has been recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country of English-speaking countries only.
When are courses offered?
Some courses are offered during the day while others are offered during the evening. This is why we strongly suggest that you do not plan to work during the first part of the program.
Can I concentrate in a speciality, such as pediatrics?
The Simmons graduate program prepares students to become Family Nurse Practitioners(FNP). We focus on this area as the current and future U.S. population is in great need of qualified nurses who can fill the gap in services/care provided by general practitioner doctors, for which there is a critical national shortage. This does not mean that you would not be able to work in a pediatric setting,since the FNP deals with care for infants to the elderly. Upon completion of the DE program and earning your M.S., you would take the FNP exam for certification.
What do I do if I want to speak or meet with a current student,graduate or faculty member?
Please contact Annette.Coscia@simmons.edu who will have knowledge about availability for such meetings. PLEASE NOTE: we do not require an interview for the DE program as other nursing programs do.
Due to limited faculty resources, we cannot honor the many requests we receive. Such a visit would be for informational and not evaluative purposes. Thus, we strongly encourage you to carefully review the web site for information and attend one of our campus information sessions. If you do make an appointment with a faculty member and are going to be late or cannot attend, please notify the faculty member in advance. Since you are applying to a professional program, late or no shows for such appointments will be noted in an applicant's file.
If I live out of state, can I complete my clinical rotations there?
This will depend on whether we have agreements with particular facilities in your state.
For information regarding clinicals,contact Jodi Delibertis at Jodi.DeLibertis@simmons.edu.
How much does the program cost?
Please see the tuition and financial aid section of this web site for the current costs. Costs do increase each year and this is usually determined in March of each year for programs starting in the late summer and fall.