Simmons College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
The question I eagerly asked was "What is your FNP exam pass rate?" (Either exam would have been fine.) The answer was- 100%. The question I SHOULD have asked was "How many who start, graduate?" BIG mistake. $10,000, my first anxiety attack (chest pain and all) and the worst 4 months of my life later, I am wiser. My GPA was 3.86 at the successful end of the first semester but I dropped early in the second semester before I was obligated for another $10,000. Unless you have an EXTREME passion for research and are into pain, BEWARE!! They started the pharm class exams utilizing snooper software that is stress inducing and point blank refused to give an example of a test question to be able to prepare.
While there will always be things that can be fixed this truly is a great program that does care about their students. Sometimes it is hard to see the end light amongst the angst of learning material but there is a method to the madness. While I am still in this program currently I truly feel I am getting an excellent education. Is the program hard and rigorous? Yes. Do people fail? Yes and this is not an uncommon occurrence no matter what university you attend if it is a truly challenging program. People did not all pass on the first try in my BSN program either. The education you receive as well as the classmates you meet are fantastic. I am happy with my choice of this program.
It was quit interesting to read some of the 5 of 5 reviews.During this time frame they had some "major restructuring" and started to take the legitimacy of our complaints because it is becoming a legal issue .You could honestly fire the whole administration in this department. they got rid of a few and the testing is biased and unethical . The needs of the few are met without concern for the entity of the student body. They have ruined households and peoples dreams -- no remediation for anything .They actually had me believing that it was like this through all credentialed graduate programs which is not true. Simmons wants only young and diverse populations that is what they cater to . Very discriminatory Please do not set yourself up. Some of their reviews are in the honeymoon phase . ..Two classes to go and then they dismissed me for a class a class I received an A in on my dismissal letter . The right hand really does not care what the left is doing. The advisors are arrogant and totally dismissive.
This program is a complete fraud, money milking scheme. They do not teach you. They let you watch recorded lectures with mistakes. They do not even bother to correct them or re-record them. The faculty is more or less a freak parade. There were some truly genuine instructors who taught and cared, but most were straight from Catholic school nightmare. And the worst of all, they are not transparent. You take a test and they do not tell you what answers you got wrong or right. They have poorly designed questions, a lot of questions end up being thrown out ( you are not allowed to know which ones). So they concoct a grade for you and only they know how they came up with a number for you. They also test you on material not covered in class or textbook. In other words, they do not have their #%$* together, yet they are holding their Simmons flag very high and are charging insane amt. for tuition.
I am currently attending Simmons College. I chose this program after much research because 1) my area has multiple NP programs so I needed a program with an excellent reputation, known for its rigor, and of course, a high board pass rate. I also needed the flexibility of an online program (but I need the accountability of distance learning). I have found it all at Simmons. We have clinical placement coordinators but I had no problem finding my own when I told them I was at Simmons. Does the program have problems? Sure, but so did my undergrad. My Profs and the administration have been responsive to constructive criticism. I have to warn you this program requires a lot of work and you do have to attend classes but I've been able to travel and still attend. I feel confident I am receiving an excellent education.
Simmons is rigorous and not without its faults. But overall I feel like they are preparing me very well to become a caring, well rounded nurse practitioner. I have been shadowing at my current place of employment and the physicians and other providers there are already impressed by the knowledge I have gained at Simmons.
I do not usually write reviews. But I have noticed so much negativity that I had to put my 2 cents in. I graduated from the first batch and had a good experience with the program. As evidenced by the fact that I am currently a family nurse practitioner and have been working since the end of 2015. Simmons college prepares you. That is for sure. Do not get me wrong. No program is perfect. I have current colleagues that have negative things to say about their school as much as I have. And every problem is unique to each individual. I had no problem with class times, communication and even clinical placement (I live in California). My only problem was professor inconsistency and how the offline materials at times did not jive with the online materials (a problem that is common with online and distance learning programs). I guess my advice is, do you. Join the program knowing that you might probably get less than an A. Join the program knowing that you might have to drive 2 hours to get to your site (I DID.. and it was one of the best sites I had an experience too). Join the program knowing you have to drop your working hours or even stay up 48 hours straight to balance work and school with a little nap here and there (I DID, which made me decide to go part-time from full time). Ask yourself, how bad do you want it? Oh, and of course, the program isn't cheap. So join the program knowing that you might be in debt. I had around 70k in debt starting from 2015. BUT its 2017 and now down to 30K. Sooooooooo, being a nurse practitioner helps pay it off. Being a nurse practitioner from Simmons College helps you pass the boards. ^_^
This school is AWFUL....Do not touch it with a ten-foot pole. They teach you NOTHING, saying they follow a "flipped classroom" model. They accuse students of plagiarism, you will write a "gazillion" papers on outdated subjects, and you will deal with lots of nasty professors. Go elsewhere and get a decent education, instead of this sorry excuse for an overpriced rag.
I don't even know where to begin...I came to knowledge of this school from a nursing colleague who was enrolled in Georgetown's online NP program and recommended Simmons due to it's great reputation and supposedly being cheaper than Georgetown. I contacted Simmons about their NP program and they were super friendly and really sold their online "classroom" style virtual instruction platform. I was all in and excited! I can not say anything about the on-the-ground program(s), however please stay away from the online FNP program. Below you'll find a few pros and cons list that is my opinion. Although, there is a lot more to say - I am just sick of this place and can't be bothered to talk about them anymore. I just want to get out, get my degree, take my boards, save my marriage (that Simmons severely tested but we passed), start working, and save as many of my fellow nurses as I possible can. Pros (this was not easy to come up with): There are SOME (hand full) awesome, caring, reputable, and brilliant instructors that enjoy teaching and really care about you becoming a fantastic NP and a well educated NP. They support their "young" and want them to succeed and you can feel this from them. You have the flexibility of an online program during the beginning half of the curriculum...only. The prestige and good name of being a Simmons Nursing Alumni. Meeting other online FNP students and forging a great brotherhood and sisterhood nationally. Cons: Note* this doesn't affect you if you live in a bubble and life doesn't happen to you and you are perfect * They are extremely unsupportive. I can not stress this enough. Life happens, and these people WILL NOT work with you for crap (I really want to say the "S" word). Even if they can and you do the leg work to prove that they can...they will not. So, if you are not perfect and you can not guarantee that you will stay perfect, I would stay away from applying if I were you. Their grading policy is ridiculous and unstable. You will be told one thing when the course starts and then by the time you are 6 mths. in it will change again, and again, and again...Nice right?? Some of the professors and higher-ups talk to you like you are crap under their shoe and then they hide the recordings or and proof of it (they record the classes so that we can review the topics discussed in class later, but then they magically disappear when it is unfavorable for them) I hope you never have a computer failure or anything like that happen during an exam. Please for the love of God, have a perfect computer and webcam because if you don't and something happens...God help you. They have erroneous material that I actually had to go out on my own to research for the correct information and when it's brought up to the professors, you are told to google it or research it. When you ask a professor about things you don't understand, some will really teach, but most times you are told to figure it out because you will be out there on your own and you need to know how to research independently anyways....B.S. :). Ex. placement of the bicipital groove...that was totally wrong. Most of the professors you get will not teach you anything but will facilitate group activities like an overpaid substitute teacher. "Ok..everyone get in groups for the umpteenth time and we will go over the case studies that you all will present when we get out of our breakout sessions ." (rolling eyes). I understand breakout group is a way of teaching and learning but damn...can we have a lecture or/and get taught in this "classroom" setting that sold to us?? I mean when I think of classroom I think of being taught and having things explained to me not being in breakout groups for 2 years straight!! Jezus, Mary and Joseph!!! When you bring it up to Simmons, they'll say something similar to "You are an adult learner. We are facilitating the learning process of a graduate student and of a future independent NP. You will be expected to consult with your colleagues and we are getting you into that habit of learning on your own. That will be $10K please." In conclusion, please for the love of your God - find another school or go to their campus FNP program. I hear their campus program is awesome, rigorous and the students feel well prepared. I hear the school itself is very respected and is well vested in the community and the nursing field (I am not from nor familiar with the NE states so I didn't know this first hand). This review is not to take away from that, but it is to spotlight how they have severely dropped the ball with their online FNP program. It is a joke and I do not feel prepared and I am sorry I went here.
HORRIBLE!!! There is zero teaching. It is all self taught. A total waste of time AND money. Professors are clueless. Money making scheme. I am transferring out after this current term. I have learned essentially nothing, and what I have learned, I taught myself. The admissions people are worse than car salesmen. The student support people haven't a clue. Save your money and your sanity. Stay away!