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Simmons College to offer new online BSN in fall

Sunday June 15, 2014
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Simmons College in Boston announced the launch of an online RN to BSN program, its first online undergraduate degree program, according to a news release.

Simmons also announced a new online RN to MSN program. Both programs are designed for RNs holding an associate’s degree in nursing and will be offered through a partnership with 2U, a provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions.

The two new programs are available through the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences’s Nursing@Simmons, which offers the school’s online MSN for family nurse practitioners program to students across the country.

“Just one year ago, we successfully launched our first online nursing program,” Helen G. Drinan, president of Simmons College, said in the release. “The success of Nursing@Simmons has exceeded our expectations and has proven that a quality online program can meet the same academic rigor and standards found on campus. With Simmons now providing online degree offerings in both undergraduate and graduate programs, we are excited to be at the forefront of a paradigm shift in higher education.”

Both the RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs began accepting applications on May 1. Classes will begin in October 2014. The programs will be delivered online with live, interactive sessions on 2U’s state-of-the-art learning platform.

“Last May, we began an important and productive partnership with Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences,” Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U, said in the release. “To date, we’ve supported this highly regarded, liberal arts college through three cohorts of Nursing@Simmons students from 36 states — extending the prestigious Simmons brand far beyond the local Boston community.”


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