Simmons College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
see the following article about how the second fiscal year, simmons' online programs brought them >45 million dollars in revenue. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/02/27/how-two-simmons-college-online-programs-became-multimillion-dollar-venture This extreme increase in revenue makes sense, due to the fact that they program is basically a due it yourself degree. They let in 60% of applicants, the program starts out strong during the first two semesters (while you are in classes that are still transferable). Starting around semester 3 or 4, the professors no longer teach at all and the program is completely self taught. At this point you cannot transfer without re-doing many classes. The most irresponsible part of this program is the clinical placement. They want to make money and they did not secure appropriate clinical sites prior to opening the program to such a large population. They will take any primary care provider willing to sign with simmons (and there are not many). I have watched providers tread the line of appropriate opiate and amphetamine prescribing practices. I have caught many contra-indications on the patient's med lists. I am a practicing nurse so I am not talking about minor contraindications that will probably not harm the patient. They should have made sure they had adequate, appropriate clinical sites prior to initiating the program. If you try to find your own sites, they will ignore you turning down any suggestions that require extra effort on their behalf once they have found someone willing to sign. I would have been better off paying for Walden, burning 40 thousand dollars, - I still would have had a degree and 20 thousand extra dollars.
I did not have a good experience at nursing@simmons. I am leaving, and regret ever signing up here. At first, it appeared high quality and convenient. Once in the program, I realized that quality of instruction was not what Simmons said it was going to be.
Simmons does an excellent job of recruiting. They discuss how "rigorous" the program is and the successes of the brick-and-mortar college (which have been plentiful). The online MS-FNP program, however, is NOT what it appears (or what you are told) to be. As someone with another graduate degree from another college, and a 3.98 GPA, I am not "disgruntled" because of "failing," I am not happy with the entire way this program is set up. The online weekly live sessions have the potential to be a wonderful tool -if they were used appropriately - yet they are not and the two hours are generally spent wasting time in "break-out" groups or discussing things we've already read/watched in the asynchronous material not actually teaching. While I understand that all online/distance programs have some issues, Simmons knows (as they are currently bombarded with complaints from current students who are now tens of thousands in debt) what they should improve and CHOOSES to not improve it. Asynchronous material has major mistakes (pharmacology) and often contradicts textbook material. Exam and quiz questions often have multiple correct answers and have to be "thrown out" (mostly because the contradictory information from asynchronous and textbook) - then they change the exam policy where students are not allowed to review the concepts they got incorrect (how can one learn if they don't know what they did wrong?). Then they change the policy halfway through the semester, but many of the instructors aren't aware of the new policy. Then they had to revamp the policy at the end of the semester. One of the most unnecessarily stressful situations I have ever been in - and for the $$$$ they charge, I can be in another program somewhere else and teach myself. I think the instructors themselves really WANT to teach, but find their hands tied by the policies in place by Simmons. Had I known (or had access to) reviews of this online program, I would not have spent what I have and would have chosen another school. Tuition is ridiculously expensive for students to teach themselves primary care healthcare without much guidance. As it is, I will cut my losses and transfer out. Please do yourself a favor and ask the real questions (about the ONLINE FNP program) - what is their attrition rate? how many students from each cohort are forced to retake classes? Of the # who started in a cohort, how many graduate? How many of them graduate with their ORIGINAL cohort? How many people transfer out to another FNP program? I cannot speak for the other programs that Simmons offers (as there are reviews on here from other programs that speak highly of Simmons, not sure if they are online, brick-and-mortar, graduate, undergraduate, etc). I just know that the FNP online program (aka nursing@simmons) needs some serious revamping/overhaul.
Bad school horribly designed program. They only care about your money. The exam policy is the worse so much secrecy. You can't review your exams and find out what you got wrong and why. I swear it is like someone just assign you a grade base on whether they want you out of the program or not. The questions are poorly made with more than one right answers. The testing system proctor track is a joke it never works right. So you are taking the exam super stressed out having to call tech support multiple times. And they deduct points from your grade when exams are submitted late because their system was not working right. really bad school.
I can't even stress how horrible this program is. The program is disorganized. They force you to take 3 classes per semester in thei part time track so you are basically going full time. The online material is full of errors, the instuctors have power point lectures that doesn't get you ready for the exams you have the book with bunch of conflicting information with other program materials. The worse part is the secrecy around the exams. You take an exam you get a grade, and you will never see and talk about it again. They don't tell you which questions you have wrong and why. I have scored 100% in. Quizzes and still felt like i knew nothing. Because if you guess and get it right you are still not sure about the right answer. There is a lot of discrimination in this school. It is like from the beginning they pick the ones who will make it and if you are not one of them they will do everything to make you want to quit or make you fail. They use prctortrac for the exam which a horrible system. My biggest regret in life is getting into this program. I saw them on Facebook thought it was a decent school, boy was I wrong. They will sweet talk you, call you all the time give you the illusion of having support. But once you get in you will realize that you are on your own, all they care about is your money. They claim that students were passing the exams on to their friends behind them in the program, Then don't use the same exam every semesters. But they are lazy and don't want to do any hard work they just want your money. Besides why am I getting punished for what some student did before me? How are you to learn if you can't see what you did wrong and why it was wrong. Don't bother complaining the course pretty much told us to shut up because nothing will change. I am so dsappointed. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO SIMMONS COLLEGE
Horrible experience with this school. Very in personable and heartless. They do not care about the student or the struggles. You are only a number to them and they are only interested in the money they receive. I would not recommend this school to any colleague.
I do not recommend this program. I am a good student just looking for a program that is accountable. They don't let you review quizzes or exams -so if you fail you never get feedback. This is a new rule but I wish I had done a different program. Many other problems such as poorly constructed exams and some bad teachers. Find another program.
I was in satellite program of Simmons College at The Reading Institute of Williamstown, MA. The program was phenomenal and worked around my schedule as an educator. The things I learned in my courses were immediately applicable to my classroom and the experience I had was great.
I am currently looking for a new school because Simmons on-line FNP program is not at all the quality school it advertises to be. I am leaving while I still have straight A's. Dedicated, experienced students are failing classes, not because the school is "rigorous" - they try to trip you up, e.g. stating this quiz is on the readings when it is from other sources which have not yet been addressed, using double negatives, having more than one right answer (one answer isn't any more right than the other). Errors (many) on their presentation material is unacceptable! Their testing software does not work- one student couldn't progress in the program because it totally malfunctioned and school would not give her an alternative way to test. The 2 credit research class gives way more homework than is appropriate for the number of credits, so students don't have time to spend on the important pharmacology. Students are failed at immersion after the expense of flying in to Boston. Very disorganized, some flaky professors, out the roof expensive. Students are in a frenzy, so over the top stressed out. Feel the need to warn others.
A. B. ran our program, and he was a great advocate for Special Education. The program made it accessible to complete my masters degree while teaching full time. It was a great experience, and they made sure to keep the program up to date as the state changed their requirements, allowing me to graduate with my SEI endorsement.