Simmons recently launched its first online master’s degree program for aspiring family nurse practitioners. Nursing@Simmons directly aligns with Strategy 2015, which aims to increase opportunities for online graduate education, and to enhance the national reach and visibility of the college.
President Helen Drinan said the new program, which is being offered through the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS), “clearly puts Simmons ‘in the game’ of online education and will help to directly address the national shortage of nurses and nurse practitioners.
“The future of nursing in the U.S. will be vitally important to meet the healthcare demands of the entire country, so it is imperative that we begin right now building the level of nursing expertise the country requires,” Drinan said.
“I am excited about this program, and so are all of the nursing faculty,” said SNHS Dean Judy Beal. “Simmons has been educating nurses since 1902 and we’ve been educating nurse practitioners since 1978. Simmons had the first nurse practitioner program in the state of Massachusetts.”
The program is being offered through a partnership with 2U, a premier education technology company that works with top-tier universities in the U.S. to deliver rigorous, selective graduate degree and undergraduate for-credit programs, all completely online.
Nursing@Simmons will combine live face-to-face instruction, self-paced media-rich course work, small classes, and a clinical field program. Applicants are required to meet the same admissions and academic standards as the on-campus program; graduates will receive a Simmons College Master of Science in Nursing degree.
“This is a fabulous time to be a nurse and a fabulous time to be a nurse practitioner,” said Beal. “And this program offers the opportunity of a lifetime to be a leader changing the healthcare delivery system.”
To view a video of the Nursing@Simmons program, click here. To learn more about the Nursing@Simmons program, visit onlinenursing.simmons.edu. Follow Nursing@Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsNursing or on Facebook.