Nursing@Simmons Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, PMHNP

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The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations, with 100% online coursework, one campus immersion weekend, and practicums at approved facilities local to the student. The program is offered both part-time and full-time and is cohort-based, with live, face-to-face classes each week.

The Nursing@Simmons curriculum is designed to develop evidence-based nursing skills along with an emphasis on conducting research. Hands-on skills are fostered through clinical practicums where students live and work. Simmons University works with nursing students to secure clinical sites and preceptors.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) can diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, as well as address disease prevention, conduct routine check-ups and health assessments, and direct patient education. The MSN degree covers patients across the lifespan, from infants and children to adults and geriatric patients. FNP graduates may work in hospitals, primary care clinics, urgent care clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare situations, government facilities, and schools.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners work with children and adults in mental health settings, addressing mental health issues and disorders, conducting individual, family, and group therapy, prescribing psychotropic medications, and collaborating to create care plans to improve patient quality of life and outcomes. Work settings may include schools, government facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, rehabilitation programs, and counseling centers.

Simmons University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Nursing@Simmons is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the FNP or PMHNP certification exams to become licensed nurse practitioners. Simmons University is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Simmons University Online FNP Programs
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What to Expect

Admission Requirements: Applicants to Nursing@Simmons must hold an unencumbered RN license in the United States. Students must have a BSN degree. Online applications must include a current resume, a 1-2 page personal statement, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Proof of English language proficiency is required for students whose first language is not English. No GRE or GMAT is required; however, students may submit test scores if they feel it will strengthen their application. A 3-credit course in statistics with a grade of B or better is required.

State Restrictions: While Simmons University accepts students from most states into their MSN programs, students from certain states are not accepted at this time (see the relevant table below for the full list). In addition, applicants outside of Massachusetts should check with their state’s Board of Nursing to understand the practicum requirements for their state.

Study Plan: Terms for the MSN last 12 to 14 weeks. Full-time Nursing@Simmons FNP students complete the program in as few as 24 months. The part-time program can be completed in as few as 28 months. The extended program can be completed in as few as 32 months. The Nursing@Simmons online PMHNP program can be completed in as few as 24 months on a full-time schedule, or in as few as 28 months on a part-time schedule. Students move through as cohorts of about 20-30 students, with an average class size of 17, keeping things small for better relationship building and learning. Both the FNP and PMHNP offer start terms in January, May, and September.

MSN Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 48 credits, and the PMHNP specialization comprises 47 credits. MSN students complete at least 672 clinical hours. Courses include foundational, research, and clinical courses. Courses for both specializations include Advance Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span I-II; The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives; Health Promotion: A Global Perspective; Informatics; and Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span; Research Methods and Scholarly Inquiry I-II.

FNP specialty courses include Family Theory: Health and Illness; FNP I: Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family; FNP II: Primary Care Nursing; FNP III-IV: Primary Care Nursing; Informatics; FNP Clinical Decision-Making I-II; and Immersion and Clinical Qualification course (campus visit). Students also complete a research project which may be a quality improvement proposal, a medical literature critique, or approved individual research.

PMHNP specialty courses include Clinical Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan; Neurobiology and Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders; PMHNP I: Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan; PMHNP II: Diagnosis and Management; PMHNP III: Diagnosis and Management; PMHNP IV: SMI and Addictions Medicine; PMHNP Clinical Decision-Making I-II; and Immersion Weekend (campus visit).

Online Experience: Nursing@Simmons courses are delivered in a live, face-to-face format on a weekly basis. Multimedia assignments and assessments are designed to reinforce the learning at the weekly synchronous sessions and will also prepare students for the next live session. Assignments are interactive and foster student engagement. Should students miss a class or wish to review the lesson, all classes are recorded for 24/7 viewing. Class sizes are kept at a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio to foster more participation and build relationships. Students have access to faculty outside of the live sessions through office hours, email, chat, and phone. Online students have access to 24/7 technical support, academic advising, the online bookstore, online library, and career services.

On-Site Requirements: Simmons NP students are required to come to the Boston, MA, campus for an immersion weekend. During this immersion, students meet their cohort and faculty, which deepens relationships and a sense of community. Students also participate in workshops and seminars that cover several topics, including clinical experience requirements and expectations. FNP students practice suturing techniques and use the Typhon electronic tracking system to log clinical hours and record patient summaries. Students also receive their white coats at the immersion.

Paying for the Nursing@Simmons Online MSN-NP Programs

Simmons University online MSN-NP program tuition is listed below. Prospective students should contact Simmons University School of Nursing and Health Professions for cost clarifications and updates.

Simmons University offers federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans, according to the FAFSA. Students also have the option of an interest-free payment plan. Nursing students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts.

Nursing@Simmons students may also seek outside opportunities to fund their MSN degree. Some organizations to consider are the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation, the State Department of Health and Human Services, Nurses’ Educational Funds, Daughters of American Revolution, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, Indian Health Service, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and the American Association of University Women. Other outside scholarships and grants may be available through community and religious organizations.

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The Simmons University MSN-NP programs offer multiple start dates and no GRE requirement.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

300 Fenway Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Simmons University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, May, and September

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

672

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

NY, TN

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$1,235.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$59,280.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$1,235.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$59,280.00

Simmons University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, May, and September

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

672

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, CA, NY, TN

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$1,235.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$58,045.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$1,235.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$58,045.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She’s the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online NP programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.