I currently attend Nursing@Simmons. I am part time and am in my second year. I like you, compared other schools. Now that I have been attending Simmons, I could not imagine going to a different school. Simmons truly prepares you to be a knowledgable FNP. When I talk to the doctors, and other FNPs at my work about what I am learning, they are always very impressed, and complement their curriculum. The reputation of your school does matter. I can not tell you how many eye rolls I get when I say that my school is online. Once I say that I attend Simmons the eye rolls stop, and the responses are like "oh that is a really good school." Not all online schools are created equal, and many providers share their concerns regarding other online schools. I am very confident that the education I am receiving will have me well prepared for the certification. I am already reviewing certification books like Fitzgerald, and Leik and I can tell you that Simmons follows the question style, and curriculum. Is it hard work? ABSOLUTELY! The 83% is very real, but most programs, not just Simmons have that as a pass or fail grade. In addition you may not start out putting in 50 hours a week. I will say that as the program progresses, the courses get more involved and more challenging. I started out working three days a week, and now that I am in health assessment I have cut down to two days a week. Come clinical I do plan to quit or work PRN. I will say that there are many students who still work PRN or part time during clinical. It is all about what works for you, your family, and finances. If you do stick with Simmons you will also be part of a wonderful community. I have made so many new friends in this program. You will never feel isolated in this program.