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This "college" is an utter disgrace to the Boston community. Boston, you have such a good reputation (school wise), but Simmons indeed destroys it. The administration is unorganized and acts as bullies towards students. They will manipulate situations to make you feel as if you were at fault when in reality it is their own. They are also incredibly lazy when it comes to field placements. They do not care where they place you, nor if you are a good match. If you apply, you will get in. This school is only here to suck the money out of your bank account. Not to mention, they are incredibly cruel and have given me plenty of panic attacks, along with a stress fracture in my hip due to my shaking from the anxiety. I would honestly take them to court and sue them, but I feel that this is the best way to prevent anyone from attending the university. Hey, Simmons, you claim to be so anti-racist and so anti-fascist, but you know what? You fit the bill. You are a complete disgrace to the caring, intellectual universities in this city. Also, if you enjoy Tumblr and all the radical liberals who believe they are wolves, angels, etc. you should attend. They do not facilitate an education; they promote a bubble of ignorance and shame. Oh yeah, and an angry, anxious environment. Sounds healthy, right? Don't attend. If you speak out, Simmons will tell you that you have a learning disability. Yes, in the social work school. I had straight A's. What a joke.
Utterly disappointed. I regret going there. Learning is completely self directed. Teachers are not allowed to make their own lesson plans or provide extra learning material to help clarify or focus learning. It's a cookie cutter school that does not care about the individual. I was struggling in a class and when I reached out to the teacher in emails and office hours I was continuously referred back to the syllabus and reading material. Often each course expects students to read over 100 pages a night in addition to clinical, written assignments, studying for exams, etc. SIMMONS claims to be a program that you can do while working and having a family and as long as you study at work and don't sleep, they aren't lying. Worst yet, clinical experience is EVERYTHING when it comes to learning. They say that you have faculty to help place you. Once you're admitted they tell you to use your connections to find your own clinical and it's a team effort to find a clinical placement. Some placement staff are good but most are horrible. My clinical placement staff sent me to the same site for all 4 semesters even though I informed them that the doctor took 4 students a day so I was only seeing 2-3 patients a day, that the doc was so busy there was zero learning or teaching going on, I saw almost zero women's health or pediatric cases and was sure I would become a horrible NP if I didn't get a wider range of patients and experience. I was told they couldn't find placement anywhere else because there are so many NP schools now so if I wanted to go somewhere else I'd have to look on my own. I even offered to take a semester off so the placement team could look around and hold a place for me 6 months out. They didn't want to bother. I feel I learned more about being an NP from RN school than SIMMONS. I have talked to several other classmates. There's various levels of distaste for SIMMONS but no one I've talk to gives it rave reviews. If simmons doesn't change, go somewhere else.
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.