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The Simmons College nursing faculty believes that professional nursing is practiced according to the nursing metaparadigm, which includes beliefs about person, health, nursing, and environment. Each person is unique. Human beings are holistic in nature, yet they have interacting biophysical, cognitive, social, spiritual, and developmental dimensions. Persons have their own perceptions, values, beliefs, and goals and have the ability to be self-directive, to adapt to change, to achieve their potential, and to ascribe personal meaning in their lives. Psychosocial concepts, research, leadership, management, health assessment skills, nutrition, pharmacology, growth, and development are integrated into all content. The educational process exists to help students become self-directed, creative, socially responsive, and lifelong learners.


The student majoring in nursing must fulfill the all-College requirements. The multidisciplinary core course, language, and mathematics requirements should be completed during the first and second years.   Students must take the the science prerequisite courses (see Science prerequisite section of Simmons Undergraduate course catalog, page 174).  Prior to the sophomore year, each student must have completed a certified course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  The College requirement of at least eight semester hours of independent learning opportunities is fulfilled through four semester hours of NURS 454 Leadership and Management in the Clinical Setting plus four semester hours of NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, and Communities.  Students may also elect independent study (courses numberes 350) in nursing or another discipline appropriate to their academic program.  Students will take the following courses::

  • NURS 100 Professional Issues
  • NURS 102 Scholarly Issues in Nursing
  • NURS 225 Nursing Process and Skills
  • NURS 226 Variances in Health Patterns of Adults and Elders I
  • NURS 235 Integration of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • NURS 238 Variances in Health Patterns of Adults and Elders II
  • NURS 247 Variances in Health Patterns of the Childbearing Family
  • NURS 249 Variances in Health Patterns of the Childrearing Family
  • NURS 292 Health Assessment  
  • NURS 348 Variances in Health Patterns of the Client with Psychiatric and Mental Illness
  • NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • NURS 404 Normal and Abnormal Physiology (required for 18-month, second degree students only)
  • NURS 454 Leadership and Management in the Clinical Setting
  • NURS 455 Clinical Decision-Making

A student accepted into the nursing major must achieve an acceptable level of academic performance, including a minimum grade of C+ in all science course prerequisites, prior to beginning the nursing course sequence, as well as maintain an acceptable level of clinical and academic performance to progress to the next nursing course.  Progression is aslo affected by professional behavior.  Those students achieving outstanding academic records may be initiated into Academy and/or the Simmons chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Chapter-at-Large, the International Nursing Honor Society.  Criteria regarding academic performance, professional behavior, and health requirements are available upon entrance into the nursing major.  Nursing students are required to show documentation of appropriate immunization and health clearance for clinical coursework.  Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for specific requirements. All students will undergo a criminal record check each year (CORI) required for nursing practice in state and private agencies and by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. 

Students in the nursing program should anticipate the following approximate expenses in addition to tuition and fees: uniforms - $150; transportation to clinical settings - $150; durable equipment (i.e. stethoscope, watch, etc.) - $200; books - $500/year; and membership in the National Student Nurses Association - $35/year. Clinical agencies are accessible by public transportation and/or automobile. Access to an automobile is recommended for senior year. 

Science Prerequisites

Students accepted into Nursing may take one of these 2 sequences:

Sequence 1:

  • BIOL 123* Principles of Microbiology 
  • CHEM 110* General Organic Biochemistry 
  • BIOL 231* Anatomy & Physiology I 
  • BIOL 232* Anatomy & Physiology II (may be taken concurrent with NURS 225)

Sequence 2: (chosen by students to keep options open for other science majors in premed):

  • BIOL 113* General Biology
  • CHEM 111* Introductory Chemistry Inorganic
  • CHEM 112N* Introductory Chemistry Organic
  • BIOL 231* Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 232* Anatomy & Physiology II and
  • BIOL 221* Michobiology (may be taken concurrent with nursing courses)

Other Requirements:

  • Pass Math Competency Exam prior to NURS 225
  • Complete PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science and PSYC 237 Life Span Development prior to NURS 247, NURS 249, NURS 348

*Includes a lab

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