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FNP Simmons vs Cincinnati

by jaswa jaswa (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Triage.

Hello to you all,

Can someone please assist me with pros and cons and which you would recommend for FNP program as far Simmons and Cincinnati University? I know Simmons is bit expensive but they help find preceptors for you anywhere nationwide. However, Cincinnati you would have to find your own preceptors I believe.

Any help would be much appreciated.


With Simmons having about double the tuition rate per credit hour as the University of Cincinnati, I would say UC is the better option between the two. I do not know much about Simmons, but I did look up the tuition prior to responding to your post. I was accepted at UC in their FNP program for the fall semester. I am worried about finding preceptors too, but I don't think paying twice the amount in tuition would be worth it. From the people I have spoken with thus far who have had to find their own preceptors, they say it is difficult but possible as long as you start looking far enough in advance. I have also heard that you may have to pay some clinical sites to precept you if you're desperate. However, it still only averages around $10-$12/clinical hour from what I've seen, which would be way less than what you would spend on the additional tuition at Simmons. I think paying for clinical sites seems outrageous, but I guess it's nice to know the option is there if you find yourself in a bind.


Specializes in Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I am also trying to decide between Simmons and UC. Which one did u end up applying for? So far I would prefer Simmons if they will find clinical sites for us. 
looking forward to hearing more inputs!

Just a heads up regarding Simmons, I saw this blog today and she talks about Simmons having only found two of her clinical sites for her. Just might be something to think about before making your decision.