Nursing + Nursing (4+1)

Our 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing program will help you make a difference in the rapidly evolving field of health care.

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You care about the health and wellness of others — and want to use your intelligence and compassion to improve patient care

Students complete an accelerated BS in Nursing curriculum prepared for the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX) exam. Upon passing, you’ll move into the graduate portion of the program, which consists of three components – foundational courses, primary care and research. We prepare students to deliver primary health care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

We have close relationships with the world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities that surround the Simmons campus like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our students expand their knowledge by completing clinical rotations and practicums, attending lectures and taking advantage of research opportunities.

Simmons nursing students have a reputation for being the best and brightest in their field. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification exam and find success in positions in a variety of healthcare settings and in Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs.

The School of Nursing offers an accelerated 4+1 program, allowing students accepted to the undergraduate Nursing program to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing in five years.  Students with a GPA of 3.3 in all nursing courses and an overall GPA of 3.3 are eligible to apply during their sophomore year.  Progression into the nurse practitioner sequence is dependent upon the student attaining RN licensure and maintaining a GPA of 3.3 in all nursing courses.

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:

  • Six group clinical rotations, a final-semester preceptorship for approximately 600 clinical hours to prepare you for the NCLEX exam.
  • For Advanced Practice Clinical Preparation, you'll complete 770 clinical hours over four semesters at 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. 

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