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.


Please Note: The on campus RN to MSN program is not currently accepting applications for enrollment. Please contact Graduate Admission to discuss your program options.

If you are interested in applying to [email protected] online program, please follow the link for more information.

RN to MSN Program Course Sequence – Full Time

Students may choose to complete the RN to 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 492 Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • NURS 345 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Spring

  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)
  • MATH 118 Statistics (4 credits)

Summer

  • NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, Communities (4 credits)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)
  • NURS 424 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (3 credits)

Year II

Fall

  • NURS 454 Leadership/Management in the Clinical Setting (4 credits)
  • NURS 530 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • NURS 505 Family Theory: Health and Illness (2 credits)

Spring

  • NURS 531 FNP I Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)
  • NURS 532 FNP II Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)

Summer

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

Year III

Fall

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

Spring

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

Total Credits: 68

RN to MSN Program Course Sequence – Part Time

Students may choose to complete the RN to 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 345 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Spring

  • NURS 492 Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • MATH 118 Statistics (4 credits)

Summer

  • NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, Communities (4 credits)
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)

Year II

Fall

  • NURS 454 Leadership/Management in the Clinical Setting (4 credits)
  • NURS 424 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (3 credits)

Spring

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

Summer

  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)
  • NURS 531 FNP I Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)

Year III

Fall

  • NURS 532 FNP II Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 589 Informatics (3 credits)

Spring

  • NURS 505 Family Theory: Health and Illness (2 credits)
  • NURS 533 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 534 Immersion Weekend (1 credit)

Summer

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

Year IV

Fall

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

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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Charlene Berube

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