Simmons College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
The worst decision I have ever made in my life was attending the nursing@simmons FNP program. There is the occasional professor that's genuine and cares, but overall the program is a joke. They steal your money and provide no education in return. No teaching, encouragement or benefits from this school. I am a 4.0 students that's failing the ridiculous tests on erroneous material. The videos are outdated and often contain incorrect information. Thousands and thousands of dollars down the drain. DO NOT fall for their charming recruiters and student support specialists. Save your money and spend your valuable time searching a school that will teach you what is needed to become a competent nurse practitioner.
This was the worse school's ever please stay away. The field placement team sucks and do not even follow the school's policies. I hate this school so much. The instructors are mediocre and there to make money. Please do yourself a big favor and attend a different program.
This program provides little to no support to their online students. Additionally, it is not uncommon to be tested on material not covered in the course content. Extreme amounts of independent study are required. Completely outrageous and unrealistic exam review policy where students are unable to review any exam during their academic program. The college believes that this is to protect academic integrity however, it simply undermines the student success within their program. Students are not allowed to question or challenge the content of examinations or quizzes. There are several programs that offer this platform at a fraction of the cost. Please do not make my mistakes and invest 1.5 years of your life only to realize that you were not being adequately prepared nor are you poised for success by Simmons College. Please do your homework and research this as well as other institutions.
Do not fall for sweet recruiters. In this program you will have no rights, no voice, you will be literally abused. Professors that run this program are cruel, are incompetent and lazy. They charge so much money and they give you nothing. The name and " prestige" is complete fraud. They have instructors that never taught before. Just do yourself a favor, pick less flashy program and you will be ok.
Great sales personnel to perform the "bait and switch". I believe there is serious potential for a class action lawsuit against the school for portraying an educational service which is not what is provided. This program and school are committing educational consumer fraud. Simmons online FNP program decided to change the way education was provided in the middle of a term. They say it is a policy change but in reality, they've changed the program and method of online education to one that is not conducive to learning. Potential nurse practitioner students are told how great the Simmons nursing program is and how it has a history amongst the nursing profession. Sounds wonderful right? Until you actually start the program and begin to realize around term 2 that this online "education" is really just a revenue generator for this private "not-for-profit" school. A few others on here have shared links demonstrating just how much money Simmons is making on the online platform. The money is being invested into the brick and mortar school evidenced by the current construction. The details related to the use of online tuition funds is private information and the school will not disclose what percentage of the online tuition goes toward on campus funding. Additionally, the two FNP programs; online/on-campus are completely separate leaving a sense of disconnect from the quality education that Simmons used to be known for. The issue is that the school is not allowing the online FNP students to review their exams or quizzes, so basically, the student takes an exam or quiz, is presented with a grade and the student doesnt have the ability to review that exam or quiz or ask clarifying questions specific to which questions were answered incorrectly. Because, "as a student, you dont have access to that information". This policy, had it been in place prior to accepting enrollment, would have stopped me from entering the program. I would not have signed up for this program if this policy was in place. It is not conducive to learning. The school acknowledges, that broad concepts and areas of weakness can be reviewed with the section instructor, but when it gets down to what question was answered or which answer was better and why, that information will not be shared. This is so far from any other style of education Ive received in my 17 years of higher education, of which 15 years of that education has been online in some format. In nursing and many other areas of education, it is critical to have the ability to process rationale as to why one answer may be more appropriate than another. Having the ability to discuss this with a professor is essential for acquisition and retention of knowledge. Had I known about this policy prior to applying to and now attending Simmons College, I would not have chosen this program. Having the ability to discuss rationale and reason on an exam or quiz is an essential component to retention of new concepts. ESPECIALLY, when it comes to pharmacology and the responsibility as a prescriber to prescribe medications to the general public! I'm actively working on getting my money back while protecting my GPA. Simmons college is new to online education, this is only their third year. I believe it is Simmons College, and not the online students that have a problem with understanding "best-practices" related to online education.
Caution !!very expensive & misleading. Recorded lectures horrible & class meetings, but still NO TEACHING. Registering for classes a nightmare, NOT be able to work FT and pass. Fail/drop rate for a few classes is 75%. Unfair and secretive testing. Brick and mortar school but, admissions reps are recruiters!! Selling that Simmons program is different but it really is the same or worse than other online programs. Some of the required textbooks were written by the instructors.
Just horrible, flaky and lazy instructors, they will retaliate if you complain, they do not teach you. For the money they charge, you can finish 2 FNP programs somewhere else. I do regret being lured into this program, will transfer into another program. They are not capable of designing sound test questions, always some mishap, questions end up being thrown out, they keep it secret too. I think they do not have their stuff together. In your online lectures you end up being split into groups and do nothing in those groups. You just sit there until they return you back to class. It is a scam program, they are just money hungry, no actual value.
Buyer Beware The recruiter did an excellent job of selling me on this program. I have attended online programs at brick and mortar schools in the past for my BSN. I searched for a credible university that was not strictly online. I was honored to be accepted. My GPA was 4.0 entering the program and was very capable for structured and unstructured education I soon found that Simmons treated online students differently. The program is rigorous as expected. I expected this but I also expected fairness and disclosure. The information was dated and erroneous. When asked about correcting the errors the response was it takes 3 years to update recorded lectures ( not live - virtual as promised) the instructor only checks for attendance and participation but does not lecture during mandated classtimes. The cost is expensive compared to other programs. I left the program after 3 semesters to transfer to a local university. I will finish my degree in the Spring.
BAD STUDENT STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE ONLINE STUDENT !!!!!!! 60.000 dollars later and still no degree ., They throw a wrench in every semester and you are repeating one after the other.I wish i could say I was just stupid and that is why i had to repeat classes. But how could you be that stupid and have a 3.89 and belong to their honor society . Their material is outdated not updated and then they test you on a new book they just entered. Then they tell you it came out of asynchronous material. in which this.has not been updated since the inception of this online business with them. In actuality this is a business with them. ---Not about education.. They flunked close to 70 people on one test and would not even give out the average test score on this test. The next two tests average was given out. because it was in the 80,s . Sound really resentful in this ? Then 22 people drop the class so their failure rate does not appear as it is They take money for two years and then you do what you do and-- just poof !! people are gone. I really do not know what is worse the secrecy of their testing , the kicking out or just the relentless bill they leave you with -----without a degree. Go to a building and get an education. There is something about this place where they think they can ignore you and treat you like dirt for being online and not having to have a face to face with you. Just a disaster . Hope you choke on your >45 million made off of our blood sweat and tears. Your arrogance now envelopes you. Things do come full circle people-- even to the stupid.....
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.