Accreditation and Licensure

Simmons is accredited by the Commission for Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All prelicensure Nursing Programs are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing.

Nursing

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Simmons University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program track has been approved by CCNE as part of our Master's degree program. 

CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) Seal

 

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the pre-licensure Direct Entry program is fully approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Nursing Licensure

Graduates of the School of Nursing programs routinely perform well on licensing/certification exams.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam First Time Pass Rate

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

BSN NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination Performance*

YearSimmons Students Licensure Examination Pass RateNCLEX National AverageNCLEX MA & Jurisdiction Average
202095.09%90.29%92.00%
202193.17%86.06%87.00%
202290.15%82.32%82.00%

*first time test takers only


Bar Graph - First-Time Test Taker BSN NCLEX-RN Examination Performance


Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry (DE) - Family Nurse Practitioner

DE NCLEX-RN Examination Performance*

YearSimmons Students Licensure Examination Pass RateNCLEX National AverageNCLEX MA & Jurisdiction Average
202098.00%90.29%92.00%
202197.14%86.06%87.00%
2022100.00%82.32%82.00%

*first time test takers only


Bar Graph - First-Time Test Taker DE NCLEX-RN Examination Performance


FNP Certification Exam First Time Pass Rate

Students take the ANCC or AANP certification exam.

Board Certification Pass Rates*

YearSimmons AANP Pass RateNational AverageSimmons ANCC Pass RateNational Average
202094.00%85.00%97.83%89.00%
202195.00%84.00%97.20%87.00%
202289.00%74.00%98.00%87.00%

*first time test takers only

Bar Graph - FNP Certification 1st Time Pass Rate


School of Nursing Degree Conferral or Program Completion by Conferral Date

Degree ConferralNursing Major - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry - Family Nurse Practitioner*RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Online - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration (MSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership Track (MSN)Master of Science in Nursing - Educator Track with a Health Professions Educator Certificate (MSN)Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)Doctor of Nursing Practice - Health Systems Administration (DNP)
7/30/2021N/AN/A253Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
8/31/202157N/A1096Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
10/29/2021N/AN/AN/A31Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
1/31/20224813483Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/20259Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025
3/31/2022N/AN/AN/A47Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
5/20/202259N/A1995Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
7/29/2022N/AN/AN/A39Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
8/31/202225N/A969Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/202512N/A
10/31/2022N/AN/AN/A27Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/20251N/A
1/31/202348216108Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025825
3/31/2023N/AN/AN/A37Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
5/19/202371N/A958Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/202529Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/20251N/A
7/31/2023N/AN/AN/A25Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
8/31/202352N/A978Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/20257N/A
10/31/2023N/AN/AN/A33Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AN/A
1/31/20243633674Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025N/AAnticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/2025Anticipated first degree conferral of 1/31/202512N/A

*This data is reporting the students in the Direct Entry MSN program that completed their pre-licensure course work and are transitioning to their post-licensure course work