Simmons University Reviews of Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

  • 77 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,894
48% of 77 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 77 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

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T.
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I attended the Simmons FNP (online) program, just graduated early this year (2021). We had a structured Zoom meeting each week for classes in which we reviewed the course material for the week and the lecture. Some of the content was asynchronous, so some self-learning, and some content review during class time. I honestly loved the program while in it. About 14 students per class, you got to know everyone in your cohort, and the small class sizes attributed to good discussion and overall learning. This was a big draw for me when researching schools. I see the newer reviews on here that reflect a watered down version of the program/education I was thankful to be part of and receive. It seems they now have "flex classes" which are sometimes 50-"100" students on a Zoom call per class. This is ... a very obvious ploy at a money grab in my opinion. I frankly expected better than that from what I always viewed as a reputable school that (was?) Simmons. My very last class we got a small taste of the larger class size, my 503 class had about 30 students in it. Thankfully my professor was awesome - but I really missed the smaller class sizes where each student was interactive during class. I found most of my clinical placements (as it was during the trenches of the pandemic), and do not fault Simmons for not being more proactive with that. I'm certain that sans Covid that would have been different. My clinical placement person did do all of the paperwork that goes along with the clinical placements, which was nice! All I had to do was provide the name and email of the preceptor she would take it from there. I wish for the sake of the Simmons reputation that they do not venture in the track of the money-hog diploma mill business plan. Students deserve more than that. I was thankful for the education I received there, but during my last semester I could certainly sense the tides changing and the dilution of the reputation... Would I recommend a peer to the program of years past? Yes. Program of Simmons future? Well - I hope to if they get their act together, but at this point, probably not."
Fnp Regret do not go
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Self taught not caring while we are in this pandemic there is less support not sure why there’s not practice questions on one course and other courses give practice questions. Asynchronous is where the exams are attending class is okay. Regret going to this school don’t be like me. Go somewhere else"
Victim
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Avoid like the plague, unless you enjoy getting sucked into $10K per semester tuition that will hook you with easier stuff and then, once in debt up to your eyeballs, will throw “advanced” courses at you taught largely by uninformed adjuncts, or by regular faculty via prerecorded lectures that often contradict the books they assign and then said regular faculty can’t be bothered to communicate with you outside of class. I can’t tell you how many classes I took where exams were a disaster and they then went back and had to throw out *wrong* versions of questions or badly-worded ones, or ones that caused much of the class to get an unacceptable test grade that resulted in failing the course. They tout their “graduation rate” and include on-campus students. Ask them what their online rate is, or speak to anyone who has been through this program in the last several years. I don’t doubt that some of their faculty are decent professionals and probably accomplished RNs. They forget that most program students are NOT going on to DNPs and therefore are not going to publish in journals (you’ll write lots of papers that will never again been seen, and their “class assistants” will apply a grading rubric that wasn’t even well thought out when it was given to them). Simmons Nursing’s biggest problem is that NO ONE there from top to bottom has any idea how to run a quality higher educational program that actually wants students to succeed, and they’re certainly not concerned about best interests of students as they change curricula and classes and testing software at will and then throw you to the wolves with it all. Classmates and I figured out this is probably by design, so you’re on the hook for additional mountains of student debt as you retake the higher-level classes. Small school with big ambitions and NO ability to find a stable, accomplished faculty that actually wants its MSNs to succeed and helps them. You can’t dissent or raise too many questions, either, because then they’ll call students together as they did last year and dress you all down for high treason against the “reputation” of the program. What reputation? Have you looked at the program rankings? I think the university president or their accrediting board needs to dig a little deeper into all of this- but they probably won’t as long as this cash cow keeps this small school awash in incoming funds. My excitement at first starting Simmons has been beaten out of me now. I found my own preceptor, thankfully. I feel taken for a major ride. My friends and colleagues in similar programs elsewhere have none of the combat stories that I do, and that makes me wonder why I paid them so much to have any at all."
Lindsey
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I was done with my coursework June 21, and passed my boards on June 25. This program was tough, but doable With working Part-time and raising a family. We were hit with some clinical hour challenges with COVID, but the school allowed us to finish with the 500 required clinical hours. My words of advice are to plan to find your own clinical sites for your rotations. It was my understanding that it was the schools responsibility to find the sites, but it was very difficult for them. Start networking early! It is an expensive program, but worth it."
Tomeka
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Simmons I feel very prepared. This was a pleasant surprise. The online class through zoom is very beneficial to learning and support. Online classrooms is beneficial because I am able to communicate with my professor and receive immediate support and commandeer from my classmates. I am extremely excited to continue my education with simmons."
Ben Afflec
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Simmons is an excellent resource to help me meet the requirements to fulfill my dreams! I am grateful for the faculty and their expertise and that they are able to impart it to me in an online forum. This allows me the flexibility to go to grad school and so what’s needed to complete my education from a rural setting."
Elizabeth Pereira
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Awesome school! It provides great education to make you feel supported to transition into a new professional role. The teachers are knowledgeable and proficient in the profession. The support staff assist you with a work life balance. The clinical team assures clinicals are found for you and meet requirements"
Christopher G Bishop
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"The FNP program is comprised of well educated and professionally experienced nurse practitioners. The additional emphasis on research sets Simmons apart from most other NP programs. You get both didactic and hands on experience. As a young NP I feel the choice of Simmons is well worth the time and money."
Nicole Herberger
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I highly recommend this school. I feel like I have gotten a wonderful education and feel very prepared to become a nurse practitioner. The professors are wonderful. The online classes are very helpful and have helped me to retain and learn the material."
Christine evans
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Simmons prepares you for certification, it’s challenging, it’s on line and helps me work around my work schedule. Student support staff Jay Tallmadge is the best! Immersion was a great time! It brought all the faces together, we met classmates and learned a lot about each other"
IJ
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Great online program, very rigorous but it definitely is preparing me to be an FNP. I feel like the online program is preparing me to be a competent NP. They also assist in finding you your clinical placement which was an essential component for me when choosing a program"
Jeff Lain
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I’m very impressed with the school. Great classes and faculty! The live classes we have are amazing!! I highly recommend nursing@simmons!! The education was very good. The course work is good for the load. The faculty responds fast to questions and concerns as well."
Arthur Taylor
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"My time at Simmons has been an amazing experience. Classes have been informative challenging and transforming. I believe that the FNP program at Simmons University fully prepares new practitioners to take on the challenges that the future holds. As I continue with the last year of my studies at Simmons I hope to continue to improve and evolve with my assessment skills along with my use of medications and more. It has been a challenging road but I’ve been met with many new friends in the program who have supported me as I have them and we continue to move forward together."
Jane
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Rigorous, fair, good experience, good networking experience, professors take the time to work with you, provide clinical rotations, interactive experience even online, can travel while in school and move without transferring schools, professors care."
Cherra Wheeler
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"A great program that sets you up for the future!!! The online classroom was very nice for those that have a busy work and family life that want to continue their education. Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help at the drop of a hat."
Shannon N
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Simmons. I highly recommend this school and especially the FNP program. I have learned so much and the online program has been so convenient and such a great experience. The live classes are great! I will be graduating in 2021!"
Brandon
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Wonderful program, excellent instructors, and great collaboration. This program is very well run with a rigorous course load. Clinical placement was a dream. I have been very pleased and I am constantly surprised by the quality that is portrayed in this program."
Zack Scott
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Awesome FNP program. Great staff. Very supportive throughout the length of the program. The professors are very knowledgeable and do their best to prepare students for real world challenges the FNP will face. There is very little “fluff”. It’s all straight forward."
Sam
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Because this program is online it’s easier but wish it was cheaper. They try to help you find clinical placement but because I am in Boston it’s really difficult. I recommend networking for clinical site when you start the program. Go ahead and apply"
Amy H
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I chose Simmons based on thorough research and I was not disappointed. Even though Simmons is an online format degree the personal touch and the commitment of the professor reminds me of my home town university. Each professor knows my name and becomes invested in my determination to learn. The 2SN format and the weekly class room approach keeps me focused. The clinical placement team takes away the stress Of finding a preceptor and allows me to focus on learning. The friendships and connection that I have made will always be valued. I have absolutely no regrets in my choice."