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I would strongly suggest to anyone looking to attend this program to just go elsewhere. There are many programs out there that are half the price and are rated much much higher. I don't know where to start, but overall this is the worst educational experience I have ever had and I hold several other degrees. The asynchronous platform that they pride themselves on is horrendous at best. Some of the information is outdated and most of the professors just read off the slides. In fact, they often mispronounce terms or erroneously say mg instead of mcg. It really makes you believe that they don't know the material themselves. These lectures also only skim the surface of the material and they require you to read hundreds of pages of material every week. There is nothing wrong with being rigorous as they call themselves, but at least have the decency to actually teach the material. The readings should be supplemental and not the complete basis for learning. They love to collect their $10K a semester that it costs to go there, but they are not willing to update their learning materials to reflect current treatment guidelines. Oh, but they did have the money to publish a full color high quality magazine with Michelle Obama on the front. They clearly are more invested in advertising than their educational materials. The testing is terrible as they won't give you any clue as to what is going to be on the exams. You are not allowed to review your test afterward, so you will never know what you missed. They will review missed concepts with you at your request, but because they haven't changed their tests in 4 years, they won't tell you the actual questions that you missed. Here's a suggestion, change the tests each semester and you won't have to worry about the questions getting out on the internet. I could go on and on, but it is not worth my time. Bottom line: go elsewhere unless your goal is to get a sub-par education.
As I near the end of my part-time MSN/FNP program at Simmons I wanted to leave behind some positive feedback for future students. I graduate in 6 weeks and I can not be more excited and ready. With two small children at home, I decided I would select an online program so that I could have the flexibility to work part time, but still be successful by maintaining the extremely competitive grades that Simmons demands. The online research for NP programs lead me to Simmons, even though I live on the west coast, partly for the school's fantastic reputation, but also for the incredibly high, first time, board pass rates for graduates. Now that I am nearly done I can say that the rigor and quality of the program challenges students to be proficient and skilled in the techniques and knowledge required to pass NP boards and proudly practive as a midlevel provider. The work I completed in my research course was selected to be shared at a nursing conference in Las Vegas in 2017; Simmons encourages quality and inspired work, independently and with others. In order to support new and current students they developed a Student Ambassador Program that allows current students to mentor and guide those that may have questions about the program, or those that have hit a rough patch. This group is also responsible for sharing valuable advice via a live webinar to each cohort that completes the immersion weekened in Boston; adive that supports success during their clinical year. Student support specialists are beyond fantastic and I couldn't have gotten this far without them. The academics are challenging, as they should be, and every term improvements are made to the curriculum, elevating the quality of an already excellent platform. Meeting face to face once a week for each class creates a sense of belonging and this minimizes the alienation that can accompany online programs. Clinical placement specialists guide the students through the clinical year and maximize resouces in and near one's own community so that pediatric and women's health competencies are met. Working in collaboration with my placement specialist helped me organize my schedule and solidify my rotations early on, which I highly recommend. Simmons is my soon to be alma mater and I am proud to say so. I feel prepared, my skills are strong, and I am ready to start practicing.
I am writing this review to combat all of the negative ones. So far I have had a great experience. All of my professors except one (in my biology bridge class) were very supportive, answered all of my questions, and really tried to teach the material. They were personable and did things like email me back at 1 am, meet with me outside of class to talk things through, and offer encouragement. Much like a true university professor would do. I truly think that Simmons has taken the negative reviews to heart and they are trying to change (and succeeding) They have completely revamped the pharmacology course and I am the first co hort to be in it. I really like it. The content is challenging still, but it SHOULD BE. But the class itself is better and easier to understand. Simmons takes accademic rigior seriously and if you are looking for an easy program that you can just do on the side, Simmons is NOT for you. If you are looking for a rigorous education that will prepare you to be an excellent clinican, and you are willing to put in the work and sacrifice, this is the school for you. It's up to you to decide. There is a reason that this program has such an excellent pass rate. It is not for those that want an easy degree. It is NOT another "diploma mill". It is a true education. We have real classes and real exams and real expectations. But that's what I wanted and that's what I'm paying for. If i wanted a program I just did tons of discussion board posts on, I would chose a much cheaper degree. I do think a lot of the reviews on here are old and from the program just trying to work kinks out. As far as the preceptors go, I'm just finishing my 2nd semester part time and I just had someone reach out to me to formulate a game plan for preceptors so I think they are trying to be pro active and get things sorted early. Only time will tell. Basically what I'm saying is, don't believe everything you read on the internet. I do not regret my choice and I would chose this program again.
I was very pleased with the program. It prepared me all the way. While in the program, at times, I was frustrated at the methods chosen. Some of the self taught classes, the posts, deadlines, the constant paperwork, team projects, trying to figure stuff out, and documenting every detail all prepare you for practicing in the real world. I realized it more when I was out. Not everyone made it and I dont think it is designed to be that way, but when it comes to taking the exam that counts all of my cohort passed. This program challenges you to think outside the box and not just have everything handed to you. Did I like it then, NO! Do I appreciate it now, YES! And my patients appreciate it as well. I say hang in there if you are currently in the program. It is worth it in the end.
I did all my research before applying to this program. Even though it was very expensive, I was impressed with the classes. I had a horrible experience. I didn't continue after one semester and lost thousands of dollars. I'm not going to bash the school but here are some concerns; lack of support, inconsistencies among professors, some of the asynchronous lectures are horrible, the live classes are taken over by a few students who monopolize the class, (I felt invisible most of the time), if you have been out of school for a while take a writing course, there are a lot of writing assignments and no help, and if you work full time and have a family, this is a very demanding program with little guidance. I hope this helps in your decision;
I have had my ups and downs with this school. Out of the 2 placements I had to do one was great and one did not feel like a good fit. I do feel that they try and place people to place them instead of looking into what would be a good fit. That being said I did enjoy the classes and it fit my lifestyle. I was able to get married, have a baby and enjoy my life while in this program. It is hard work but worth it.
This entire program is a joke. You pay absurd amounts of money for unqualified instructors and video tutorials. I am in debt now for about 42k and have no degree thanks to Simmons not following their own field placement policies. I had to quit my job for field placement. Also wasn't aware that you can't transfer more than maybe 6-10 credits to a new program so you basically paid for nothing. Its a business through and through. Could you imagine if a retail business or airline pulled that? Half my instructors were brand new to teaching and to the mental health field and couldn't answer simple clinical based questions (esp regarding diagnosis and harm reduction models). More than a handful have had the bare minimum required client face time and I was told "what does the book say?" more than once when asking questions. The dean of the online MSW is on an ego trip and unless you kiss * * * you will be dismissed. After 20 years in this field I am not kissing up to anyone, so here I am with a 3.8 gpa and a dismissal on my record. Good luck.
Stay away! This is not the program that was sold to me. The faculty and administration are unhelpful. I was just told to study outdated material (guidelines have been updated since they recorded their material) because exams have not been updated in 4 years! We are not learning what we need to know for actual practice, we are learning outdated material and they don't care. Going into clinical I have been constantly corrected because the course content we learned is incorrect. It's crazy to think of all the time and money spent learning outdated material! The program is all self taught, which considering we have live classes each week is a joke...because I chose this program because I was told the live classes are just like the on campus classes. This was another lie because students who live local to Simmons who transferred out of this joke of a distance program said the on campus program is amazing and they are actually taught. They have a great marketing and sales team for sure because most of the current students (the ones who haven't drank the cool aid) are disillusioned...but we are stuck because the credits won't transfer to another program. I am doing well in my classes so this is not a review from a failing student. But the line "Simmons prepares us well" irks me every time someone says it because they are not preparing us at all, we are preparing ourselves. Be warned this school is extremely expensive and it it is not worth the extra money. Look into other choices and avoid this one.
Teach yourself, Find your own clinical sites and preceptors, Receive grades without knowing correct or incorrect answers on exams, You are monitored and recorded taking exams, Most expensive FNP program in the nation. Do not enter this program believing you will have less work to do than asynchronous programs; you have to write just as many discussion posts and papers as those programs in addition to recorded quizzes and exams. 2 positives about Simmons: everyone is admitted and financial aid is great so that you'll have more money to pay back.
The professors are not permitted to give reviews! There is too much information and we are teaching ourselves. The professors go over case studies ad nothing on the exams are taught in class!! We pay too much not to be taught. Many of us are transferring out of here!