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Simmons College opens 2 online nursing programs


Simmons College in Boston recently launched an online RN-to-BSN program, the school’s first online undergraduate degree program. The college also announced the opening of 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, Inc., 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’ Nursing@Simmons, which offers an online MSN program for family nurse practitioners 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 a news 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 May 1. Classes for the first cohorts begin in October.

The programs will be delivered online with live, interactive sessions delivered on 2U’s learning platform.

In the RN-to-MSN program, students will receive hands-on experience through clinical placements in or near their own communities.

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