Nursing: For BSN Holders

Our 2-year Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) — with degrees in nursing or a related field — who wish to advance their careers.

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Our program consists of three components – foundational courses, primary care and research. We prepare students to deliver primary health care to diverse populations across the lifespan. You’ll focus on health promotion and education, disease prevention and learn to assess and manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

Simmons is surrounded by world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities — 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 practicums, attending lectures and taking advantage of research opportunities.

Graduates of this program are prepared to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam, and find success in positions in primary health care and community care settings, private practice, and in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

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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.

MSN Program Course Sequence – Full Time

Students may choose to complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or part- time basis. Below is the full-time schedule. Students are required to consult with their academic advisor prior to any changes to their course sequence.

Year I

Fall

  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)

8 credits

Spring

  • NURS 424 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span I (3 credits)
  • NURS 530 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)

9 credits

Summer

  • NURS 531 FNP I Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)
  • NURS 532 FNP II Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 505 Family Theory: Health and Illness (2 credits)

8 credits

Year II

Fall

  • NURS 533 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 589 Informatics (3 credits)
  • NURS 534 Immersion Weekend (1 credit)

7 credits

Spring

  • NURS 535 Clinical Decision Making I (6 credits)
  • NURS 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)

8 credits

Summer

  • NURS 536 Clinical Decision Making II (6 credits)
  • NURS 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)

8 credits

Total Credits: 48


MSN Program Course Sequence – Part Time

Students may choose to complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or part- time basis. Below is the part-time schedule. Students are required to consult with their academic advisor prior to any changes to their course sequence.

Year I

Fall

  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)

8 credits

Spring

  • NURS 424 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span I (3 credits)
  • NURS 530 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

6 credits

Summer

  • NURS 531 FNP I Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)

6 credits

Year II

Fall

  • NURS 532 FNP II Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 505 Family Theory: Health and Illness (2 credits)

5 credits

Spring

  • NURS 533 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 589 Informatics (3 credits)
  • NURS 534 Immersion Weekend (1 credit)

7 credits

Summer

  • NURS 535 Clinical Decision Making I (6 credits)
  • NURS 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)

8 credits

Year III

Fall

  • NURS 536 Clinical Decision Making II (6 credits)
  • NURS 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)

8 credits

Total Credits: 48

*See the Nursing Student Handbook for nursing pre- and co-requisites.

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:

  • 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. 

This information is provided in good faith to applicants as of May 27, 2020.

Simmons University is recognized by both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Per CCNE guidelines, the graduate level courses address advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) care content specific to the role and population focus of the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for examination to earn national certification as a FNP via the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) which will allow graduates to apply for state specific licensure. Scope of practice, exam eligibility, background checks, and even coursework requirements outside the scope of the program may vary by state. Prospective and current students are encouraged to research the requirements for licensure specific to their current or intended state of practice to ensure that our program meets their state licensure requirements. Please find here a state by state breakdown of comparable requirements, including a determination of eligibility for examination. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state specific requirements.

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