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The Nursing Programs accept freshmen, transfer students, students seeking a second degree, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree. Recognizing society's increased demand for health professionals with advanced skills and knowledge of nursing science and individuals' unique educational and professional experiences, Simmons Nursing offers accelerated programs for registered nurses and non-nurses seeking a college degree. Part- and full-time study is available.
The faculty of the Nursing Programs believe that liberal education and nursing education are essential preparation for the professional nurse practicing in a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse community. The process as well as the content of a liberal education is fundamental to the development of the critical thinking, decision making, and communication skills essential to nursing practice. The liberal arts and sciences, in combination with the major in nursing, serve as a foundation for a variety of careers in professional nursing.
Academic excellence is achieved through a rigorous scholastic process. Those students achieving outstanding academic records may be initiated into the Simmons chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Chapter-at-Large, the National Nursing Honor Society. Graduates of the program are prepared to meet the diverse health needs of clients in a variety of settings, as well as to coordinate health services, deliver humanistic nursing care, and engage in health assessment and health maintenance. Graduates may practice in community health agencies and programs, clinics, hospitals, and extended-care facilities.
The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded and qualifies the graduate for admission to graduate schools offering advanced degrees in nursing. Graduates are eligible to write the licensure examination given by the Board of Registration in Nursing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Satisfactory scores on this examination entitle the applicant to practice as a registered nurse.
Simmons College Nursing is also a participant in the Army Nursing program at Northeastern University which prepares nursing students for a career in the Army Nurse Corps upon graduation from college. All nursing candidates may apply for a nursing scholarship and become Second Lieutenants in the US Army, Army Reserve or National Guard upon receiving their nursing degree and passing the NCLEX. Please visit www.rotc.neu.edu for further information.
Simmons College Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Simmons Nursing is an agency member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.