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Simmons Online RN to MSN Degree Program

Simmons Online RN to MSN Overview

Total Credits 68 credits
Full-Time/Part-Time Both
Time to Complete
  • Full-time: Eight (8) terms / 30 months
  • Part-time: Ten (10) terms / 36 months
On-Campus Component? One (1) on-campus immersion
Clinical Hours 836
GRE Required? No

Simmons’ online RN to MSN degree program is intended for licensed registered nurses who do not have a bachelor’s degree but have earned an associate degree or a nursing diploma from a hospital-based program. The RN to MSN program is for nurses of all levels of experience seeking to advance their clinical practice and become a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Nursing@Simmons students benefit from:

  • Renowned faculty members who are recognized experts and continue to work as clinical practitioners
  • Engaging 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

Simmons Online RN to MSN Curriculum

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

In addition to evidence-based nurse practitioner skills, the curriculum focuses on developing a strong background in conducting research. The research component fosters students’ abilities to translate critical thinking through the critique of qualitative and quantitative interdisciplinary studies.

Here is a look at the foundational, clinical and research components of Simmons’ online RN to MSN program:

​Course Type ​Course
Foundational Courses
  • MA 418 – Introductory Statistics (4)
  • NURP 492 – Health Assessment (4)
  • NURP 345 – Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (4)
  • NURP 404 – Advanced Pathophysiology (4)
  • NURP 422 – Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan I (3)
  • NURP 423 – Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan II (2)
  • NURP 450 – The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)
  • NURP 500 – Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2)
  • NURP 570 – Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2)
  • NURP 589 – Informatics (3)
Clinical Courses
  • NURP 387 – Nursing Care of Individuals, Families and Communities (4)
  • NURP 454 – Leadership and Management in the Clinical Setting (4)
  • NURP 500A – FNP I: Clinical Decision-Making (1)
  • NURP 501 – FNP II: Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family (4)
  • NURP 501A – FNP II: Clinical Decision-Making (2)
  • NURP 502 – FNP III: Primary Care Nursing Across the Lifespan (4)
  • NURP 503 – FNP IV: Primary Care Nursing Across the Lifespan (4)
  • NURP 503A – FNP IV: Clinical Decision-Making (2)
  • NURP 504 – Family Theory: Health and Illness (3)
Research Courses
  • NURP 410 – Research Methods (3)
  • NURP 507 – Scholarly Inquiry I (2)
  • NURP 508 – Scholarly Inquiry II (2)

Admissions Overview

In order to be considered for admission to Simmons’ online RN to MSN program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Hold a current U.S. registered nurse (RN) license
  • Have a diploma or certificate from a hospital-based program or an associate nursing degree

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide the following to be considered for Simmons’ online RN to MSN program:

  • Current resume
  • 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)

About Simmons School and Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS)

Since 1902, Simmons 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 authority in the New England region and has received national and international recognition. The school’s Family Nurse Practitioner program is one of the oldest, most established programs in the country. Graduates are well prepared to deliver primary health care to patients across the life span.

Simmons College 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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