Simmons or Johns Hopkins? - page 2

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I currently live in Boston and have been accepted to the second bachelors program at both Johns Hopkins and Simmons. Is there anyone who can give me any advice about the Simmons program? I've had the opportunity to talk to... Read More


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    I am at Simmons in the Direct Entry Program - got my RN in December, now in the first semester of the NP program. I recently ran into a couple of NPs who graduated from other schools in Boston. Both of them were in awe of the fact that we get to have paid patients come in this first semester and do physicals on them, before starting clinicals in the summer. Both said they had nothing like that and felt unprepared in the first clincal rotation. They also could not believe that we get a full year of clinical experience (all summer, and then fall and next spring). So I am glad I chose Simmons and have been really happy with my experience here. Good luck!!!
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    Greymama, are you working as an RN right now? How is the RN internship phase? Someone mentioned on another thread that NP preceptors are hard to find in their program--is this true for Simmons' program? Are you satisfied with the financial aid offered? What's your schedule like? A lot of questions, I know--you don't have to answer them, but any info would be appreciated!
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    Simmons would like everyone to work as an RN while doing the NP portion. Having said that, in this economy they are being very understanding about this and looking at changing the requirement if needed. We do NOT have to find our own NP clinicals - Simmons takes care of it. They work really hard to get all of your classes in one day, so you are free to work, do clinicals, study. The schedule on that one day is killer, but if you are commuting it is great. For the first year, you are on campus more (2-3 times a week) just because of the intensity of the classes.
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    I will be commuting, so I would rather have a 12-14 hour single day than 2 6 or 7 hour days, you know? One of the big attractions of this program is the longer days and from the look I took at the course catalog, they also have some options for weekend clinicals, which is better for me with my kids because at least I know they'll be with my husband. Good to hear about their flexibility as well....
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    Hah! I also have kids and took all weekend clinicals - no one wants them, so there are always openings. : )
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    Hi all,

    I am also considering going to Simmons for their second degree program. Sorry to tag onto this thread, but I was wondering if anyone who has gone through Simmons could share their experiences with the school itself, and approximate job placement of peers after graduation. Do many have to relocate from Boston post-grad?

    I am also considering another school higher in ranking, although I realize that ranking may not mean very much. As someone said before, it could potentially mean just professors more interested in research than teaching.

    Really, I am just concerned with having a job after graduation. Both schools are very expensive!

    Does anyone have any advice? I'd be very appreciative of any input.

    Thanks!


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