Advance as a Nurse Leader

Simmons’ Online MSN – FNP Program

Our immersive online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program provides innovative, socially responsive nursing education to Registered Nurses (RNs) across the country.

Designed for RNs with a bachelor’s in nursing or BSN, the online program provides the knowledge and skills nurses need to deliver advanced care and drive meaningful change in health care as FNPs.

Simmons’ online MSN – FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).1

A Supportive MSN – FNP Program for Busy RNs

Our online program is designed to fit into an RN’s busy schedule. Students can choose the sequence that best matches their goals and lifestyle:

Full-Time Program
Complete in as few as 24 months

Part-Time Program
Complete in as few as 28 months

Extended Program
Complete in as few as 32 months

Flexibility You Need

Our course delivery accommodates nurses’ busy lives while prioritizing learning outcomes — we offer the flexibility nurses need to earn an MSN while continuing to provide lifesaving care for their patients.

  • Predictable, Standardized Course Schedules — We offer same-day-of-week course schedules, allowing nurses to plan ahead and balance their work, study, and personal commitments. 
  • Flex Scheduling for Lectures —Many courses offer “flex scheduling,” with lectures hosted multiple times per week so students can choose the lecture session that fits their schedule.
  • Session Recordings — After attending live-sessions, students have an added benefit of accessing recordings to review content anywhere, anytime.

Unwavering Support

The Simmons community is here to help students grow as visionary and inclusive health care leaders.

  • Mentorship and Coaching — In addition to their faculty, students have an academic advisor and student success specialist to guide their journey. Many courses also include an academic coach — an experienced APRN and educator who can answer questions and provide judgement-free advice outside of live class sessions.
  • Clinical Placement Team — Our live courses are complemented by immersive clinical practice. Students partner with a placement specialist to find a clinical site in or near their community. As of July 2020, our placement team has helped secure more than 6,800 clinical placements across more than 14,000 clinical networks.

450+ Scholarships
Awarded in 2020-20212

Nursing@Simmons awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships in the last academic year to support the advancement of nurse leaders. Scholarships are available for our upcoming cohort — no additional application required.

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Admission Process

We offer three online MSN ­– FNP program start dates per year: in January, May, and September.

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

Throughout the application process, a dedicated admission counselor will be available to answer questions, discuss scholarship options, and provide advice about how to submit the strongest application possible.

The final deadline for the September 2024 cohort is July 22, 2024.


expected growth in demand for nurse practitioners between 2020-20303


of Simmons nursing program graduates passed their ANCC boards in 20224

Continue to Grow Your Nursing Career

Request information to discover how our MSN – FNP program will help you broaden your scope of practice — and graduate ready to progress even further with our online DNP program.

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1The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at Simmons are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

2This data is self-reported by Nursing@Simmons based on the number of scholarships awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

3Occupational Outlook Handbook: Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved November 8, 2021 from arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

4The Simmons graduate ANCC pass rate statistic includes both on-campus and online students who took the exam in 2022. Simmons graduates, both on-campus and online, had a 96.05% ANCC pass rate. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference