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Direct Entry for those with a B.A./B.S. in another academic discipline: M.S. in Nursing

Direct Entry for those with a B.A./B.S. in another academic discipline: M.S. in Nursing

The Direct Entry Program in Advanced Nursing Practice is designed to prepare individuals with a baccalaureate degree but without nursing backgrounds for the advanced practice nursing role, with a focus on family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program begins each year in September and incorporates an innovative curriculum with clinical experiences especially designed for this group of students.

Students must pass the exam for the designation of R.N. (registered nurse) before beginning the graduate primary care clinical sequence. Clinical rotations will provide students the experience they need before beginning primary care.

Upon completion of the pre-RN licensure portion of the program, students will take the NCLEX exam. Upon earning the RN, students are required to work at least 8 hours per week for the duration of the program to gain valuable experience to bring to their advanced nursing courses. F-1 visa students will be able to work provided they have obtained the RN and completed and submitted required documents to the Simmons International Student Advisor and the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. F-1 students will work with the Simmons International Student Advisor to apply for work authorization as required for the program.

The curriculum of the second stage of the program (post-licensure) is the same FNP curriculum as for people with R.N.s (Registered Nurses). Although the second stage of the program may be completed on a part-time basis, F-1 and J-1 visa holders must be enrolled full time (in at least nine(9) credit hours each semester but the established curriculum can include more credits ) to maintain their status.

In Year II and Year III of the program, two semesters require only eight (8) credit hours of coursework. Since international students are required to be enrolled full time, nine credit hours in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, a clinical placement rotation is required in order to earn additional credit and reach full time status.  Eight hours of clinical experience is worth one course credit hour. Thus, students will be considered enrolled full time during these semesters if they complete at least eight hours of clinical work in addition to the eight credit hours of coursework.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the M.S. degree but not a B.S.N. degree. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the professional credentialing organization.