Simmons College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (39)
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!
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.