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

  • 75 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,894
48% of 75 students said this degree improved their career prospects
72% of 75 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

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Victim
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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."