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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.
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.