Nursing

Simmons University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for aspiring nurses.

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Simmons Nursing students graduate prepared for the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX) exam, graduate school, and entry-level nursing positions in offices, homes, hospitals, and schools.

At Simmons, nursing students cultivate the practices and procedures required to care for others and save lives. In addition to being highly skilled, Simmons Nursing graduates are compassionate and socially responsive, with the capability to provide customized care to each unique patient.

Simmons also features the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program, a unique opportunity for adult learners to complete their BSN in 16 months or 2 years, as well as an innovative RN-BSN program and a 5-year BS/MS in Nursing program. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences has many program and leadership opportunities as well, including the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program for women of color—find out more below.

Why study Nursing?

Nurses are always in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Furthermore, the need for trained nurses will never disappear.

Trained nurses with a BSN from Simmons University have the ability to work anywhere around the country—or even internationally. No matter where you end up, no two days will be the same in your nursing career. The constant changes and challenges of the healthcare field are undoubtedly demanding, but, more importantly, incredibly rewarding.

What will you learn?

Simmons has close relationships with world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Nursing students participate in clinical rotations, attend talks, and pursue research and employment opportunities with leading experts in the industry.

Nursing students participate in classes brought to life by dedicated professors who also practice as nurses and pride themselves on being personal mentors. With our carefully designed acute care curriculum, state-of-the-art simulation labs, and clinical education program, our students graduate ready to administer skillful and compassionate care.

See all program requirements below.

What can you do with a BSN?

Nurses are at the heart of health care. Simmons Nursing graduates have a reputation for being the best and brightest in their field. BSN holders are prepared to go on to graduate school or entry-level nursing positions in acute inpatient units, community health centers, offices, homes, hospitals, and schools.

Possible career paths for BSN holders include:

  • Hospital Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Case Management Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • School Nurse

Find out more about our BSN program!

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Simmons University and get started on the path to a fulfilling career. Contact our Nursing faculty with any questions—their information can be found below—or you can request more informationschedule a campus tour, or find out how to apply today!

There are two sequences to complete your nursing degree, both leading to a BSN degree. Students will learn in their admission letter which of these nursing sequences they have been admitted to.

8 Semester (Four Year) Nursing Sequence

Students in this program will complete their degree in 8 semesters, and will begin nursing classes the fall of their sophomore year. To enroll in these classes, they will be required to have earned a C+ or better in each of their prerequisite courses, with no more than one retake.

8 Semester Nursing Sequence

10 Semester Nursing Sequence

Students in this program will complete their degree in 10 semesters, which includes two summer semesters at the end of their junior and senior year. Students will begin nursing classes in their junior year. To enroll in these classes, they will be required to have earned a C+ or better in each of their prerequisite courses, with no more than one retake.

10 Semester Nursing Sequence

Simmons offers a 2-year nursing sequence for transfer students which includes required summer coursework. Students may transfer with 2 years of college credit, including prerequisites, and complete their BSN in just 2 years. Those with fewer than 2 years of credit or who have not yet completed their prerequisites can be admitted to complete their prerequisites and other coursework at Simmons, and then complete the 2-year transfer nursing sequence after.

Students with 17 or fewer credits must apply to Simmons as a first year student. Those students with a prior Bachelor's degree or who are 24 or older must apply through the Dix Scholars program.

The Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program, designed for students who are 24 years or older, provides adults with the opportunity to benefit from the unique combination of liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional study that Simmons undergraduate programs offer.

Our Nursing Dix Scholars programs: a 16 month program for individuals with a previous BA/BS who wish to accelerate; a 2 year option for those without a baccalaureate degree or those desiring a part-time program.

We also offer the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program. The overarching purpose of the program is to enhance the educational experience and success of African American, Latina, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students enrolled in the nursing program by providing academic, clinical, professional and personal support.

The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program is the shared vision of Dr. Judy Beal, Director of the School of Nursing and the Dotson Family. Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 is an alumna of the Nursing Department at Simmons University. She and her husband George S. Dotson made the program possible through a generous gift.

Clinical and research experience are essential to nursing students. 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:

  • Studying abroad to gain a global perspective on this universally-important major.
  • Six group clinical rotations starting in the second year and ending with a final-semester preceptorship
  • Approximately 600 clinical hours by the end of the program at hospitals, schools, clinics, and community-based health centers.
  • Students are encouraged to work with faculty on faculty-led research projects.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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Our Faculty

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Charlene Berube

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

  • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing and Director of the Dotson Bridge Program