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Nursing@Simmons, the Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)2019-07-26T17:11:52+00:00

Nursing@Simmons, the Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Overview

Total Credits 48 credits
Full-Time/Part-Time Both
Time to Complete
  • Five terms (full time)
  • Seven terms (part time)
On-Campus Component One on-campus clinical immersion
Clinical Hours 672
GRE Requirement GRE is not required, although it may strengthen your application

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program from the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares licensed registered nurses (RNs) with the skills, comprehension, and clinical expertise required to practice as FNPs. The program broadens students’ scope of practice to provide holistic care to patients across the life span in diverse clinical settings.

Nursing@Simmons students benefit from:

  • Renowned faculty members who are recognized experts and continue to work as clinical practitioners
  • Live, online classes with an approximate student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • Learning experiences that provide opportunities for real-world application through case studies and clinical placements

Online FNP Program Curriculum

The Nursing@Simmons online FNP program curriculum is designed to prepare nurses to meet the challenges presented in today’s primary care settings. The online FNP program focuses on cutting-edge research and theory, enabling students to immediately apply what they learn in their current roles.

In addition to teaching evidence-based skills, the curriculum also focuses on developing a strong background in conducting research. The research component fosters students’ ability to think critically about and critique qualitative and quantitative interdisciplinary studies.

FNP Program Sample Full-Time Course Schedule

​Term ​Courses
Term 1
  • NURP 404 – Advanced Pathophysiology (4)
  • NURP 410 – Research Methods (3)
  • NURP 570 – Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2)
Term 2
  • NURP 422 – Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (3)
  • NURP 500 – Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span (2)
  • NURP 500A – FNP I: Clinical Decision-Making (1)
  • NURP 507 – Scholarly Inquiry I (2)
Term 3
  • NURP 501 – FNP II: Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family (4)
  • NURP 501A – FNP II: Clinical Decision-Making (2)
  • NURP 504 – Family Theory: Health and Illness (3)
  • NURP 508 – Scholarly Inquiry II (2)
Term 4
  • NURP 423 – Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II (2)
  • NURP 502 – FNP III: Primary Care Nursing (4)
  • NURP 502A – FNP III: Clinical Decision-Making (2)
  • NURP 450 – Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)
Term 5
  • NURP 503 – FNP IV: Primary Care Nursing (4)
  • NURP 503A – FNP IV: Clinical Decision-Making (2)
  • NURP 589 – Informatics (3)

Admissions Overview

In order to be considered for admission to the Nursing@Simmons online MSN – FNP program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Hold a current U.S. registered nurse (RN) license
  • Have successfully completed a three-credit course in statistics and a three-credit course in health assessment (options may be available for individuals who still need to fulfill this requirement)

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide the following to be considered for admission:

  • Current résumé
  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Personal statement (one to two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if your native language is not English)

The online FNP program offers several start dates throughout the year. Admission is conducted on a rolling basis.

The Nursing@Simmons Online RN to MSN Option

Simmons University offers an online RN to MSN program option for licensed RNs who have earned their associate degree or nursing diploma. A bachelor’s degree or BSN is not required for entry.

About the Simmons School and Nursing and Health Sciences

Since 1902, the Simmons University School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) has been an innovator in health care education. SNHS is dedicated to preparing students to become leaders through research, scholarship, and clinical expertise.

With a campus located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, SNHS serves as a prominent health care authority in the New England region and has received national and international recognition. The school’s FNP program is one of the oldest, most established programs in the country. Its graduates are well prepared to deliver primary health care to patients across the life span.

Simmons University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by national and regional discipline-specific agencies in the health care field. The Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited through 2019 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency that ensures the quality of nursing programs.

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