Become a Nurse Leader

Simmons’ Online MSN

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program extends Simmons’ mission to prepare nurse leaders to students across the country. Current Registered Nurses (RNs) with a bachelor’s degree can enter the program and gain the skills to deliver advanced care and further their careers.

Practicing faculty with clinical connections in Boston and across the country

CCNE Accredited Badge

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1

Full-time, part-time, and extended options for students’ different schedules


of Simmons nursing program graduates passed their boards in 2020 — well above the national board pass rate average of 87.1%.2

Simmons enables your success through rigorous online coursework and interactive live classes, complemented by immersive clinical practice. Through partnership with a placement specialist, you will find a placement at a clinical site in or near your community.

As of July 2020, our placement team has helped students secure more than 6,800 clinical placements across more than 14,000 clinical networks.

Admission Process

Scholarships Available for Upcoming Cohorts

The next online MSN — FNP program cohort begins in March 2022. The final deadline to apply to this cohort is January 28, 2022. To start your application now, complete the form above.

To apply to the program, you will need to complete an online application and submit additional items that demonstrate your readiness for a master’s program and potential as an FNP.

Throughout your application process, you will have a dedicated admission counselor who can answer your questions, review your scholarship options, and help you submit your strongest application possible.

“Simmons is educating nursing leaders who are genuinely interested in making the world a better place.”

— Mary Kathleen Haber, Nursing@Simmons 2016 Alumna


Tuition for the 2020-2021 MSN — FNP cohorts is $1,210 per credit. Students in the program must complete 48 credits to earn their degree.

To learn more about the program and connect with our admission team, complete the brief form above.

2The Simmons University and national pass rates listed are averages of 2020 scores for the AANP and ANCC exams. The Simmons graduate pass rate statistic includes both on-campus and online students who took the exams in 2020. Simmons graduates, both on-campus and online students, had a 94% AANP pass rate and an 97.8% ANCC pass rate.