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

1.6 out of 5 stars
Jennifer L. - 11/5/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.9 out of 5 stars
lb - 7/1/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"While there will always be things that can be fixed this truly is a great program that does care about their students. Sometimes it is hard to see the end light amongst the angst of learning material but there is a method to the madness. While I am still in this program currently I truly feel I am getting an excellent education. Is the program hard and rigorous? Yes. Do people fail? Yes and this is not an uncommon occurrence no matter what university you attend if it is a truly challenging program. People did not all pass on the first try in my BSN program either. The education you receive as well as the classmates you meet are fantastic. I am happy with my choice of this program."
1.0 out of 5 stars
ruined - 6/21/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"It was quit interesting to read some of the 5 of 5 reviews.During this time frame they had some "major restructuring" and started to take the legitimacy of our complaints because it is becoming a legal issue .You could honestly fire the whole administration in this department. they got rid of a few and the testing is biased and unethical . The needs of the few are met without concern for the entity of the student body. They have ruined households and peoples dreams -- no remediation for anything .They actually had me believing that it was like this through all credentialed graduate programs which is not true. Simmons wants only young and diverse populations that is what they cater to . Very discriminatory Please do not set yourself up. Some of their reviews are in the honeymoon phase . ..Two classes to go and then they dismissed me for a class a class I received an A in on my dismissal letter . The right hand really does not care what the left is doing. The advisors are arrogant and totally dismissive."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Simmons College First Batch review - 6/6/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2015
"I do not usually write reviews. But I have noticed so much negativity that I had to put my 2 cents in. I graduated from the first batch and had a good experience with the program. As evidenced by the fact that I am currently a family nurse practitioner and have been working since the end of 2015. Simmons college prepares you. That is for sure. Do not get me wrong. No program is perfect. I have current colleagues that have negative things to say about their school as much as I have. And every problem is unique to each individual. I had no problem with class times, communication and even clinical placement (I live in California). My only problem was professor inconsistency and how the offline materials at times did not jive with the online materials (a problem that is common with online and distance learning programs). I guess my advice is, do you. Join the program knowing that you might probably get less than an A. Join the program knowing that you might have to drive 2 hours to get to your site (I DID.. and it was one of the best sites I had an experience too). Join the program knowing you have to drop your working hours or even stay up 48 hours straight to balance work and school with a little nap here and there (I DID, which made me decide to go part-time from full time). Ask yourself, how bad do you want it? Oh, and of course, the program isn't cheap. So join the program knowing that you might be in debt. I had around 70k in debt starting from 2015. BUT its 2017 and now down to 30K. Sooooooooo, being a nurse practitioner helps pay it off. Being a nurse practitioner from Simmons College helps you pass the boards. ^_^"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nursing@Simmons is a don't - 6/5/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
jk - 5/12/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disilusioned - 5/8/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Nursing Student - 4/30/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
George - 4/29/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"BAD STUDENT STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE ONLINE STUDENT !!!!!!! 60.000 dollars later and still no degree ., They throw a wrench in every semester and you are repeating one after the other.I wish i could say I was just stupid and that is why i had to repeat classes. But how could you be that stupid and have a 3.89 and belong to their honor society . Their material is outdated not updated and then they test you on a new book they just entered. Then they tell you it came out of asynchronous material. in which this.has not been updated since the inception of this online business with them. In actuality this is a business with them. ---Not about education.. They flunked close to 70 people on one test and would not even give out the average test score on this test. The next two tests average was given out. because it was in the 80,s . Sound really resentful in this ? Then 22 people drop the class so their failure rate does not appear as it is They take money for two years and then you do what you do and-- just poof !! people are gone. I really do not know what is worse the secrecy of their testing , the kicking out or just the relentless bill they leave you with -----without a degree. Go to a building and get an education. There is something about this place where they think they can ignore you and treat you like dirt for being online and not having to have a face to face with you. Just a disaster . Hope you choke on your >45 million made off of our blood sweat and tears. Your arrogance now envelopes you. Things do come full circle people-- even to the stupid....."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sad Student - 4/1/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"I did not have a good experience at nursing@simmons. I am leaving, and regret ever signing up here. At first, it appeared high quality and convenient. Once in the program, I realized that quality of instruction was not what Simmons said it was going to be."