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 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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!

The student who has been accepted into the major of nursing must fulfill the all-College requirements. A student accepted into the nursing major must achieve an acceptable level of academic performance, including a minimum grade of C+ in all science course prerequisites, prior to beginning the nursing course sequence, as well as maintain an acceptable level of clinical and academic performance to progress to the next nursing course. Progression is also affected by professional behavior. Those students achieving outstanding academic records may be initiated into Academy and/or the Simmons chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Theta -at-Large, the International Nursing Honor Society. Criteria regarding academic performance, professional behavior, and health requirements are available upon entrance into the nursing major. Nursing students are required to show documentation of appropriate immunization and health clearance for clinical coursework. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for specific requirements. All students will undergo a criminal record check each year (CORI) required for nursing practice in state and private agencies and by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Nursing Courses in the 4 year BSN Program and 2 year Dix Scholars BSN Program

NURS 228 Nursing Theory & Evidence Based Practice 4
NURS 295 Fundamental Skills and Health Assessment 4
NURS 229 Nursing Health Promotion 4
NURS 331 Pharmacology 4
NURS 332 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 4
NURS 333 Maternity Nursing 4
NURS 334 Pediatric Nursing 4
NURS 335 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 346 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 4
NURS 336 Health Care Policy 4
NURS 347 Complex Nursing Care Management across the Continuum 4
NURS 417 Leadership and Management 3
NURS 418 Synthesis & Clinical Decision Making 3
NURS 419 Clinical Capstone Practicum 2

Nursing Courses in the 16 Month Accelerated BSN Program

NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 295 Fundamental Skills and Health Assessment 4
NURS 331 Pharmacology 4
NURS 332 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 4
NURS 333 Maternity Nursing 4
NURS 334 Pediatric Nursing 4
NURS 335 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 346 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 4
NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, and Communities 4
NURS 417 Leadership and Management 3
NURS 419 Clinical Capstone Practicum 2
NURS 455 Clinical Decision Making & Complex Care 4

Science Prerequisites

Students Accepted into Nursing may take one of these 2 sequences:

Sequence 1:

BIOL 123N Principles of Microbiology 4
CHEM 110 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 4
BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4

BIOL 232: may be taken concurrent with NURS 225

BIOL 123, CHEM 110, BIOL 231, BIOL 232: Includes a lab.

Sequence 2 (chosen by students to keep options open to other science majors ie: premed):

BIOL 113 General Biology 4
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic 4
CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry: Organic 4
BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 221 Microbiology 4

BIOL 221: may be taken concurrent with NURS 235

BIOL 113, CHEM 112, BIOL 231, BIOL 232, BIOL 221: Includes a lab.

Other Requirements:

Pass Math Competency Exam prior to NURS 295.

Complete PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science and PSYC 237 N or PSYC 235 prior to NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335.

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.

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.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a 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
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Susan Duty

  • Professor and Faculty Director of the Health Professions Education PhD Program