Nursing@Simmons Online Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) Program

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program with 100% online coursework, one campus immersion weekend, and practicums at approved facilities local to the student. Nursing@Simmons has three entry points – BSN, ADN bridge, and non-nursing bachelor’s. 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.

The RN to MSN program is designed for RNs who have an associate’s degree and who wish to earn their MSN seamlessly. RN to MSN students should already have knowledge and experience in biology, microbiology, anatomy, chemistry, physiology, statistics, quantitative research, human health, patient assessment, and the fundamentals of nursing. Nursing@Simmons RN to MSN students take two additional foundational courses and two additional clinical courses.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are able to diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, as well as addressing disease prevention, routine check-ups, health assessment, and 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.

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 Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam to become a licensed FNP. Simmons University is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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What to Expect from the Nursing@Simmons Online MSN – FNP Program

Admission Requirements: Applicants to Nursing@Simmons must hold an unencumbered RN license in the United States. Students may enter with an accredited associate’s degree, non-nursing bachelor’s degree, or BSN. Online applications must include a current resume, a 1-2 page personal statement, official transcripts, and three 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. Prerequisites include a 3-credit course in statistics and health assessment with a grade of 83% or higher.

State Restrictions: While Simmons University accepts students from most states into their MSN – FNP program, students from New York and Tennessee are not accepted at this time. 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 – FNP last 14 weeks. Full-time Nursing@Simmons students complete the program in five terms or about 19 months and part-time in seven terms or about 27 months. Full-time RN to MSN students complete the program in eight terms or about 32 months and part-time in 10 terms or about 38 months. Courses have about 17 students each, keeping class sizes small for better relationship building and learning. Start dates for the MSN are offered five times per year in January, March, May, September, and November. Start dates for the RN-MSN are offered three times per year in January, May, and September.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 48 credits and at least 672 clinical hours. Courses include foundational, research and clinical courses. Foundational courses 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 Courses include Research Methods and Scholarly Inquiry I-II. Clinical courses include Family Theory: Health and Illness; FNP I-IV: Clinical Decision-Making; FNP II: Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family; and FNP III-IV: Primary Care Nursing Across the Life Span. Students also complete a research project which may be a quality improvement proposal, a medical literature critique, or approved individual research.

RN to MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online RN to MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 68 credits and at least 836 clinical hours. Courses include foundational, research and clinical courses. In addition to the MSN courses, RN to MSN students take Introductory Statistics; Health Assessment; Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing; Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, and Communities; and Leadership and Management in the Clinical Setting.

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 to 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 FNP 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, suturing techniques, and the Typhon electronic tracking system where students log hours and record patient summaries. Students also receive their white coats at the immersion.

Paying for the Nursing@Simmons Online MSN – FNP Program

Simmons University charges $1,410 per credit plus fees for the online MSN – FNP program. Prospective students should contact The School of Nursing and Health Professions through Simmons University for up-to-date tuition information as tuition costs may rise moderately from year to year.

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 FNP 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-FNP program offers five start dates and three entry points, plus no GRE requirement.

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Campus Address

300 Fenway Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Simmons University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

September, November, January, March, May

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

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

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$67,680.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$67,680.00

Simmons University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

September, November, January, March, May

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

NY, TN

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$67,680.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$67,680.00

Simmons University – RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

September, November, January, March, May

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

68

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

NY, TN

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

68

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$95,880.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$1,410.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$95,880.00

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.