Simmons University Reviews - Master's in Nursing

2.73 out of 5 stars
(25 Reviews)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,894
20% of 25 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 25 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.4 out of 5 stars
Keep Looking - 5/2/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Smart nurse - 5/1/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.9 out of 5 stars
caveat - 4/19/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"see the following article about how the second fiscal year, simmons' online programs brought them >45 million dollars in revenue. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/02/27/how-two-simmons-college-online-programs-became-multimillion-dollar-venture This extreme increase in revenue makes sense, due to the fact that they program is basically a due it yourself degree. They let in 60% of applicants, the program starts out strong during the first two semesters (while you are in classes that are still transferable). Starting around semester 3 or 4, the professors no longer teach at all and the program is completely self taught. At this point you cannot transfer without re-doing many classes. The most irresponsible part of this program is the clinical placement. They want to make money and they did not secure appropriate clinical sites prior to opening the program to such a large population. They will take any primary care provider willing to sign with simmons (and there are not many). I have watched providers tread the line of appropriate opiate and amphetamine prescribing practices. I have caught many contra-indications on the patient's med lists. I am a practicing nurse so I am not talking about minor contraindications that will probably not harm the patient. They should have made sure they had adequate, appropriate clinical sites prior to initiating the program. If you try to find your own sites, they will ignore you turning down any suggestions that require extra effort on their behalf once they have found someone willing to sign. I would have been better off paying for Walden, burning 40 thousand dollars, - I still would have had a degree and 20 thousand extra dollars."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Nursing@Simmons program review - 3/31/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"Simmons does an excellent job of recruiting. They discuss how "rigorous" the program is and the successes of the brick-and-mortar college (which have been plentiful). The online MS-FNP program, however, is NOT what it appears (or what you are told) to be. As someone with another graduate degree from another college, and a 3.98 GPA, I am not "disgruntled" because of "failing," I am not happy with the entire way this program is set up. The online weekly live sessions have the potential to be a wonderful tool -if they were used appropriately - yet they are not and the two hours are generally spent wasting time in "break-out" groups or discussing things we've already read/watched in the asynchronous material not actually teaching. While I understand that all online/distance programs have some issues, Simmons knows (as they are currently bombarded with complaints from current students who are now tens of thousands in debt) what they should improve and CHOOSES to not improve it. Asynchronous material has major mistakes (pharmacology) and often contradicts textbook material. Exam and quiz questions often have multiple correct answers and have to be "thrown out" (mostly because the contradictory information from asynchronous and textbook) - then they change the exam policy where students are not allowed to review the concepts they got incorrect (how can one learn if they don't know what they did wrong?). Then they change the policy halfway through the semester, but many of the instructors aren't aware of the new policy. Then they had to revamp the policy at the end of the semester. One of the most unnecessarily stressful situations I have ever been in - and for the $$$$ they charge, I can be in another program somewhere else and teach myself. I think the instructors themselves really WANT to teach, but find their hands tied by the policies in place by Simmons. Had I known (or had access to) reviews of this online program, I would not have spent what I have and would have chosen another school. Tuition is ridiculously expensive for students to teach themselves primary care healthcare without much guidance. As it is, I will cut my losses and transfer out. Please do yourself a favor and ask the real questions (about the ONLINE FNP program) - what is their attrition rate? how many students from each cohort are forced to retake classes? Of the # who started in a cohort, how many graduate? How many of them graduate with their ORIGINAL cohort? How many people transfer out to another FNP program? I cannot speak for the other programs that Simmons offers (as there are reviews on here from other programs that speak highly of Simmons, not sure if they are online, brick-and-mortar, graduate, undergraduate, etc). I just know that the FNP online program (aka nursing@simmons) needs some serious revamping/overhaul."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Meg - 11/21/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I do not recommend this program. I am a good student just looking for a program that is accountable. They don't let you review quizzes or exams -so if you fail you never get feedback. This is a new rule but I wish I had done a different program. Many other problems such as poorly constructed exams and some bad teachers. Find another program."