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Message From the Dean

Message From the Dean

Dear Prospective Student

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) at Simmons College. Simmons has had a long tradition in offering academic programs in the health professions. We have been educating nurses since 1901; dieticians and physical therapists since the 1940s, and nurse practitioners since 1978; nursing executives since 2008; and, health professions educators since 2005.  While we have a long and rich history we are preparing our graduates for a future that today is unknown. Our curricula are cutting edge and our faculty top notch scholars, researchers, clinicians, and leaders in their fields. We are a school with an inter-professional mission and approach.

The mission of the SNHS is "to educate students to become expert practitioners, scholars, and leaders in the health professions."   We respect the inherent dignity of all humanity and are committed to educating students who embrace: social responsibility and social justice; professional standards and ethical comportment; culturally competent care; diversity, inclusion, and care for all populations, including the most vulnerable members of our society; and, service to others.

We embrace a dynamic teaching learning environment and are committed to: a culturally sensitive education; a learner focused education; service learning; life- long learning; excellence in teaching; and research/scholarship that informs teaching and practice.

We champion a culture of change and are committed to: inter-professional education that respects team work and collaboration; innovation and entrepreneurship; and, change agency

Our graduates are highly competent and skilled health professionals who value life-learning, promote the quality and safety in the delivery of care, and integrate theory and research into their practice.

What an exciting time to be thinking about a role in the health professions. With an aging society and health career reform finally here, the need is great for healthcare professionals with significant job growth projected through 2025. Our strong focus on inter-professional education is supported by the Institute of Medicine as the most effective approach to educating students for careers in the health professions. We are partnering with the Simmons schools of Social Work and Management in coursework and exciting clinical learning opportunities for our students. The Longwood Medical Area—in our backyard—affords not only exceptional clinical learning but also inter-professional partnerships with the Harvard School of Medicine.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares men and women to be the next generation of healthcare professionals in the fields of nursing, nutrition, physical therapy and health professions education. Faculty are expert practitioners, teachers, advisors, mentors and researchers. You will learn from the very best scholars who are international, national and local leaders in their fields.

Our school embraces the core purpose of the Simmons Strategic Plan: Transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Our programs promote "a student-centered culture of learning, leading and making a difference." We transform the lives of students and patients on a daily basis while our graduates will transform the future healthcare delivery system.

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Nursing