Simmons College announced today that the school will launch its first online-only master’s degree in nursing, called “Nursing@Simmons,” starting this fall.
To be accepted into the online program, applicants must meet the same admissions standards as students in the on-campus program, according to a statement by the college. Graduates of the online program will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Simmons.
Kalimah Redd Knight, a spokeswoman for Simmons, said in an e-mailed statement that the degree will be entirely online, with the exception of clinical work, and an “immersion weekend” on the Simmons campus.
Judy Beal, dean of the school of nursing and health sciences, said that the college began planning for the all-online program this past fall. She said the program will cover the same material as the on-campus program.
“It’s a really well respected, rigorous program that is well-known in the region, but not as well known in the country,” she said of the on-campus program. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring this nationwide.”
Beal said the program will train its students for a career as a family nurse practitioner, and will take approximately two years to complete.
The statement released by the college said that “the online Master of Science in Nursing program will match the rigor of the on-campus learning experience through a combination of live face-to-face instruction, self-paced media-rich course work, small classes, and a top-notch clinical field program that provides working health care professionals with a carefully selected clinical placement in or near their own communities.”
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