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This program is absolutely terrible. The asynchronous work is outdated and the mandatory 2 hour weekly synchronous sessions are a waste of time. Only about 50% of my instructors seemed to know anything about practicing as an APRN. The course leads could care less how you do and at times it seems they hope a few students will fail because they are only interested in taking your money. Also, the most difficult courses in the program are only 2 credits which is absurd. When you begin Advanced Health Assessment you find out the first day that you'll need to spend between 8-12 hours of studying and writing SOAP notes and that you should consider going part-time at your job or just not work altogether. They don't give you any heads up prior to the class starting that it will take over your entire life. PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE! I'm actually considering switching to another FNP program.
I attended for 2.5 years in a Masters program, part of a career change late in life. I ended up abandoning this idea because the school is producing FAR too many graduates for the very few available jobs in this field, and I could see I was unlikely to be hired without moving to a far less desirable part of the country. While a few of the classes were good, and I picked up a few skills (basic coding, for example, which one can learn online for free), overall the instruction was uninspired. What really motivated me to write this review, however, was the utter and complete lack of responsiveness on the part of the administration. Usually if I had a question, no one responded to it, or if they did, it was only perfunctory. I NEVER had the feeling that anyone cared about how I was doing, how things were going, etc. When I withdrew from one class and submitted a scathing review internally, NO ONE ever got back to me about any of the points I raised. I am forced to conclude that Simmons exists solely for the purpose of making money, extracting tuition payments from all comers, even if they know full well that there are few jobs in that field, and that you would be unlikely to be able to pay back your student loans (for the record, I paid upfront, using savings, so this was not an issue for me). I'd say that this was NOT a positive experience overall, although certain small aspects of it were amusing (doing projects with classmates, for ex).
I recently graduated and passed FNP/AANP boards within 3 weeks of graduating. I will be the first to admit that I was overwhelmed with the learning and I had to struggle to keep up at times but it was all necessary information. I chose a program that was accelerated on purpose so that I wouldn't spend the next 3-4 years in school- because it was condensed then the workload was fairly heavy. I worked part-time and school full-time. I am a single mom, depended on financial aid and studied hard. I graduated on time and didn't fail. I have been a nurse for about 10 years and in my opinion any online school will require you to know a certain amount before even getting accepted. New grads who come into an online class and expect it to be similar to their BSN etc... which it is not. You must be self-motivated and stay on-task. I did not have a dating life, social calendar, or much sleep for that matter... lol... but I passed and now I am an NP. That is the end goal and I'm happy to have gone to Simmons. I made friends due to live class sessions. The videos were long but ALL necessary info- it was either for clinical practice or for testing reasons. I watched them any time I had 5 mins. I would watch them 2 times- once for class and once for the test... again I passed all the classes even though one class was CLOSE! Whew- thank goodness for studying. Please consider this school. I have friends at other schools who are now jealous... I started after them and have completed before them (they are in 3.5 year programs, part-time), I have passed boards and now FNP... I would have student loans no matter what so just getting done was first priority! Good luck to everyone!
Please stay away from this school. The videos are poor quality, you have several to do in one sitting and the technology is the worst platform I have encountered. The videos to do homework stop in the middle and this means you have to get out and start all over again. In some cases, you have up to 65 slides to view. Not good. I have complained about it to the tech support and they make you feel as if it is your problem or an isolated case then come to find out there is a Simmons FB feed where students are talking about it. I mention this to my student support your student advisor they say they will do something but it's not fixed. This in itself will take you an additional 1 hour to just get through the slides aside from trying to accomplish your homework. Just be aware of this school they are charging a lot in tuition for something that is not working efficiently or effectively. This school is not worth your money. The instructors have emergencies they have to tend to then you are backed up with two weeks of work. It is okay for them to do this, but if you are late on your assignment with the synchronize (aka online quiz assignment) they knock off 50% with no hesitation. In all my life of thus far having a good academic education, this has been the worst! If I were you stay away from this school. I should have seen all the red flags from the beginning it started when I put myself on the wait list and it was not moving for weeks, I was down to one week before classes. I had to get answers from faculty in admissions to assign me. The registration is backwards you cant register for any courses while on the waitlist. otherwise, the first term I would have been left out now, I wish I would have been left out and not wasted my money on my first term!!! I am not going any further with the second term, not worth it! You should have second thoughts and research other schools that do not charge high tuition for c***** service!!! This school will shatter your dream!
I am a current Simmons FNP student. The content is relevant and the material is well organized. There are several support options available to students, and I feel that my advisor, student support specialist, and the professors are all very supportive.
I am completely dissatisfied with this social work program. I went to this school with such high hopes and it is so incredibly disorganized. The classes listed on their website are actually not the classes that you take, and are even assigned to the wrong year. Everyone seems aloof. I literally have no idea what classes I am taking next semester. One of my professors is a self-centered jerk who does not listen to or support his students. The funniest thing is that he doesn't even teach! I came to this school to learn and my professor claims he is "so busy" and has the students teach the course. Is that legal? I want my money back. There are so many other schools of social work that pay you to go because they actually care. This is definitely a third-tier fallback school. Who and what is Simmons? I am disgusted. If you are going to a social work school in Boston or MA, there is a significant reason why there are at least 3 schools that are rated way higher than this one. What a joke.
STAY AWAY!!! I am from Midwest so did online program. The school seemed nice and admissions was good; but their online process was a complete joke! The instructors are inconsistent, lazy/incompetent at placements (I really had to do it) and the demands made working during the program very exhausting (had to go down to part time work). Should have seen the other reviews here first Before applying- big regret!! Dont waste your time and money.
Simmons is improving their program, but I'm not sure if it's for the best. The original program that I just graduated from was not what I was sold when I enrolled. The live classes were not helpful, they basically were time wasters. Only a select few professors actually taught and made sure you knew the content. They state it's a flipped classroom model...but it's not really. The idea of the flipped classroom is for students to get their lecture component and their didactic component prior to class and then come together for a guided discussion to solidify the information for the week. However the asynchronous material did not provide actual lectures it was just recordings of teachers reading slides filled with errors. Not to mention those weren't even updated in years and much of the material was outdated. Then there was of course lots of reading, to be expected and to be completed prior to live class. But in live class there were no directed discussions it was half the time spent in breakout groups where you frantically tried to copy and paste enough information to complete vague and pointless "case studies"...which is in quotes because they were not cases they were a sentence and the rest the group would make up so no real direction as to how to approach, work a differential and come up with a diagnosis and treatment, which would have been helpful, but why do that. Then the other half of class are the groups reading them out loud. If attendance were not mandatory no one would have gone to these live classes. I was fortunate enough to get several professors who actually cared enough to teach, but most were just place holders sitting there biding their time each week for a pay check. Clinical sites are placed for you, which is great because they are hard to come by, but some students didn't even get that benefit depending on where they lived. There is no understanding for actual family emergencies, hospitalizations, birth of a child, deaths....they expect you to take your exams, turn in your papers and be in class no matter what...and it doesn't need to be that way. They have since I started (but I didn't get the benefit of this) implemented tutors for some classes....this has brought the passing rates up by a large percentage. The only problem with that is the people who are passing because of tutors are less prepared to actually practice, so this is not a good change. Being more flexible with students who are passing on their own makes more sense to me. But that is Simmons, always chaotic. I just graduated with a 3.8 cumulative average, so I have done well in the program, but the stress they impose on their students is not needed in order for their students to succeed. If I had it to do over again I would have chosen a cheaper school because what I was sold on (and why I was OK with the extra money) was not delivered, so buyer beware.
I was disappointed with the online program because they said it was a flexible program. When I could no longer complete the work due to it not being flexible, I was not allowed to with draw from the program. It was not helpful and I received busy work and not instruction. I was not worth it at all!
Where do I even start? Simmons College lacks sympathy. They claim to want to empower women and that their online course matches the in classroom experience. Some serious false claims. Don't get me wrong Beal is such a lovely women and does her best but this online FNP needs great TLC!!! The program is like healthcare ever-changing. This semester the passing rate is 79%. Next semester passing rate is 83% No such things a consistency. I have experience something similar during my undergrad at another institution. However, they at least kept the passing rate the same for students admitted prior to x date/year. I do not understand how you are going to pay for a program to receive clearance for clinicals when you have yet to 1) pass the health assessment class & 2) pass immersion. If you fail health assessment and/or immersion you paid to be cleared for clinicals and you will not use it. I have left the program as have many (2018). I wish current and graduating students all the best. I am disappointed in Simmons College.