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Master of Science: R.N. to M.S.


RN to MS — For individuals who have diplomas or certificates from the former hospital system, or an associate's degree and a R.N. license. Candidates for this entryway must possess a current R.N. license and work experience in a health care setting. A 3.0 G.P.A. in nursing courses and the overall G.P.A. is required

At Simmons, the GRE is not required but TOEFL is required for non-native speakers of English, who did not earn a bachelor's or master's degree at a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution or at a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country of English-speaking countries only. Moreover, if the candidate earned an associate's degree in the U.S., the institution must have been accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Important : Although statistics and health assessment are NOT required for admission, accepted candidates must have taken a college-level statistics course before transitioning to the research sequence of the curriculum. Thus, if an applicant has already taken statistics within 5 years prior to the application deadline/enrollment, he/she will have met that academic requirement. Health assessment is also part of the curriculum and if an applicant has already completed this course within 5 years prior to the application deadline/enrollment, he/she will have met that academic requirement.

Since most applicants to this pathway have been working as R.N.s, the most important factors considered for admission are the candidate's prior academic preparation, work experience, and the quality of the recommendations. At Simmons, a 3.0 G.P.A. in nursing courses and the overall G.P.A. are required; work experience and relevant references are very important.

Explore admissions requirements for Nursing@Simmons, the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences' innovative, online R.N. to M.S.N. program for aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners.