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

3.67 out of 5 stars
(74 Reviews)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,894
48% of 74 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 74 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 12/10/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"I recently graduated and passed FNP/AANP boards within 3 weeks of graduating. I will be the first to admit that I was overwhelmed with the learning and I had to struggle to keep up at times but it was all necessary information. I chose a program that was accelerated on purpose so that I wouldn't spend the next 3-4 years in school- because it was condensed then the workload was fairly heavy. I worked part-time and school full-time. I am a single mom, depended on financial aid and studied hard. I graduated on time and didn't fail. I have been a nurse for about 10 years and in my opinion any online school will require you to know a certain amount before even getting accepted. New grads who come into an online class and expect it to be similar to their BSN etc... which it is not. You must be self-motivated and stay on-task. I did not have a dating life, social calendar, or much sleep for that matter... lol... but I passed and now I am an NP. That is the end goal and I'm happy to have gone to Simmons. I made friends due to live class sessions. The videos were long but ALL necessary info- it was either for clinical practice or for testing reasons. I watched them any time I had 5 mins. I would watch them 2 times- once for class and once for the test... again I passed all the classes even though one class was CLOSE! Whew- thank goodness for studying. Please consider this school. I have friends at other schools who are now jealous... I started after them and have completed before them (they are in 3.5 year programs, part-time), I have passed boards and now FNP... I would have student loans no matter what so just getting done was first priority! Good luck to everyone!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alwaysdomybestnomatterwhat - 12/6/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"Please stay away from this school. The videos are poor quality, you have several to do in one sitting and the technology is the worst platform I have encountered. The videos to do homework stop in the middle and this means you have to get out and start all over again. In some cases, you have up to 65 slides to view. Not good. I have complained about it to the tech support and they make you feel as if it is your problem or an isolated case then come to find out there is a Simmons FB feed where students are talking about it. I mention this to my student support your student advisor they say they will do something but it's not fixed. This in itself will take you an additional 1 hour to just get through the slides aside from trying to accomplish your homework. Just be aware of this school they are charging a lot in tuition for something that is not working efficiently or effectively. This school is not worth your money. The instructors have emergencies they have to tend to then you are backed up with two weeks of work. It is okay for them to do this, but if you are late on your assignment with the synchronize (aka online quiz assignment) they knock off 50% with no hesitation. In all my life of thus far having a good academic education, this has been the worst! If I were you stay away from this school. I should have seen all the red flags from the beginning it started when I put myself on the wait list and it was not moving for weeks, I was down to one week before classes. I had to get answers from faculty in admissions to assign me. The registration is backwards you cant register for any courses while on the waitlist. otherwise, the first term I would have been left out now, I wish I would have been left out and not wasted my money on my first term!!! I am not going any further with the second term, not worth it! You should have second thoughts and research other schools that do not charge high tuition for c***** service!!! This school will shatter your dream!"
4.6 out of 5 stars
Newstudent2018 - 11/21/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am a current Simmons FNP student. The content is relevant and the material is well organized. There are several support options available to students, and I feel that my advisor, student support specialist, and the professors are all very supportive."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Just Graduated - 9/7/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"Simmons is improving their program, but I'm not sure if it's for the best. The original program that I just graduated from was not what I was sold when I enrolled. The live classes were not helpful, they basically were time wasters. Only a select few professors actually taught and made sure you knew the content. They state it's a flipped classroom model...but it's not really. The idea of the flipped classroom is for students to get their lecture component and their didactic component prior to class and then come together for a guided discussion to solidify the information for the week. However the asynchronous material did not provide actual lectures it was just recordings of teachers reading slides filled with errors. Not to mention those weren't even updated in years and much of the material was outdated. Then there was of course lots of reading, to be expected and to be completed prior to live class. But in live class there were no directed discussions it was half the time spent in breakout groups where you frantically tried to copy and paste enough information to complete vague and pointless "case studies"...which is in quotes because they were not cases they were a sentence and the rest the group would make up so no real direction as to how to approach, work a differential and come up with a diagnosis and treatment, which would have been helpful, but why do that. Then the other half of class are the groups reading them out loud. If attendance were not mandatory no one would have gone to these live classes. I was fortunate enough to get several professors who actually cared enough to teach, but most were just place holders sitting there biding their time each week for a pay check. Clinical sites are placed for you, which is great because they are hard to come by, but some students didn't even get that benefit depending on where they lived. There is no understanding for actual family emergencies, hospitalizations, birth of a child, deaths....they expect you to take your exams, turn in your papers and be in class no matter what...and it doesn't need to be that way. They have since I started (but I didn't get the benefit of this) implemented tutors for some classes....this has brought the passing rates up by a large percentage. The only problem with that is the people who are passing because of tutors are less prepared to actually practice, so this is not a good change. Being more flexible with students who are passing on their own makes more sense to me. But that is Simmons, always chaotic. I just graduated with a 3.8 cumulative average, so I have done well in the program, but the stress they impose on their students is not needed in order for their students to succeed. If I had it to do over again I would have chosen a cheaper school because what I was sold on (and why I was OK with the extra money) was not delivered, so buyer beware."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jazz - 8/13/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"Where do I even start? Simmons College lacks sympathy. They claim to want to empower women and that their online course matches the in classroom experience. Some serious false claims. Don't get me wrong Beal is such a lovely women and does her best but this online FNP needs great TLC!!! The program is like healthcare ever-changing. This semester the passing rate is 79%. Next semester passing rate is 83% No such things a consistency. I have experience something similar during my undergrad at another institution. However, they at least kept the passing rate the same for students admitted prior to x date/year. I do not understand how you are going to pay for a program to receive clearance for clinicals when you have yet to 1) pass the health assessment class & 2) pass immersion. If you fail health assessment and/or immersion you paid to be cleared for clinicals and you will not use it. I have left the program as have many (2018). I wish current and graduating students all the best. I am disappointed in Simmons College."
1.5 out of 5 stars
A current student - 7/25/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
A. Catrell - 7/3/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Me - 6/15/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
CR - 4/14/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Current Student - 11/13/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."