Nursing: For RN Holders

Our accelerated program allows Registered Nurses (RNs) to earn their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in just 3 years. 

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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.

We have close relationships with world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities — like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and the 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 (FNP) certification exam and find success in all medical settings and in Doctor of Nursing (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.

Students are admitted directly into the graduate nursing program and work closely with their academic advisor to plan their course sequence. Students do not receive an undergraduate degree and are therefore are not required to meet all the all-College undergraduate degree requirements. 

RN-MS Sample Program, Full-Time Schedule

Phase I Courses for the RN-MSN 

Year 1

NURS 292 Health Assessment (4 credits)
NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, Communities (4 credits)
NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 credits)

NURS 454 Leadership/Management in the Clinical Setting (4 credits)
SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)
MATH 118 Statistics (4 credits)

NUR 350 Independent Study (4 credits)

Phase I Total Credits: 27 

Phase II Courses for the RN-MSN (Phase II can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis) 

SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)

NUR 422 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (3 credits)
NUR 500 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
NUR 500A FNPI Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
NUR 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)

Year 3

NUR 501 FNP II Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (4 credits)
NUR 501A FNP II Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
NURS 504 Family Theory: Health and Illness (3 credits)
NUR 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)

NUR 502 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
NUR 502A FNP III Clinical Decision Making (2 credits)
NUR 423 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II (2 credits)

NUR 503 FNP IV Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
NUR 503A FNP IV Clinical Decision Making (3 credits)
NUR 589 Informatics (3 credits)

Phase II Total Credits: 41

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:

  • Participating in clinical practicums in 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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Our Faculty

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Charlene Berube

  • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing and Chair of Undergraduate Nursing