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Simmons College has provided higher education programs for Nurses since its beginning in 1902 and for the Nurse practitioners since 1978. Simmons College is accredited by the New England Schools and Colleges. Simmons College courses typically transfer to other universities and colleges without issue.
In 2007 the Department of Nursing celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class of Simmons Nurses. In response to a growing interest in Nursing and the development of a direct entry program and accelerated baccalaureate program, enrollments in the Nursing Programs have increased significantly, reflecting the commitment of the faculty and administration to the advancement of professional education. Continued feedback from graduates and employers speaks to the rigor and success of the program. The Nursing Department consists of baccalaureate (generalist/pre-licensure), master's (specialist) degree granting curricula, and several post-masters certificate programs including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
The Nursing Department also offers the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program. A program for at-risk-students which is designed to enhance the educational experience and success of ALANA students enrolled in the nursing program. The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program is the shared vision of Dr. Judy Beal, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Dotson Family. Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 is an alumna of the Nursing Department at Simmons College. She and her husband George S. Dotson made the program possible through a generous gift.
Affiliating clinical agencies where Simmons nursing students are placed may require the following: documentation relating to immunizations (TB skin test, Tdap, measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine X3, proof of vaccination or positive varicella titer, H1N1 vaccine, seasonal flue vaccine, random drug screening, criminal background check. This list is not limited to these items and may change based on agency requirements. Hospitals reserve the right to refuse student participation if students are unable or unwilling to provide such documentation. This may result in the student's inability to complete the clinical requirements for the nursing major.
The Master's programs:
Simmons College Nursing has a rich tradition:
The Nursing Department has:
The Nursing Department is proud to have earned a ten-year accreditation in November 2008 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.