Northeastern’s MS in Nursing–Direct Entry program allows students with non-nursing backgrounds to leverage their degrees and experience into a BSN and master’s degree in nursing.
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Northeastern’s on-campus direct entry nursing program allows you to use the degree and experience that you already have and leverage it into a BSN and master’s degree in nursing. Students enter the direct entry nursing MS program with an undergraduate non-nursing degree and completion of program prerequisites. Then students continue their education to become a master's-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse in an area of specialization.
Part I: Pre-Licensure
The direct entry nursing student enters the accelerated master’s program as a graduate student. The first 16 months (four semesters) of the program consist of intensive, sequential classes and clinical with combined undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. Students are then prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam upon completion of 64 semester hours. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after this part of the program. Financial aid will be granted on an undergraduate basis during the pre-licensure phase of the program.
RN Work Experience
Once a student becomes licensed as an RN, the student must acquire full-time RN work experience. This part of the program requires at least one to two years of work experience as a registered nurse, including two years of experience in pediatrics, adult acute care and neonatal, before resuming practicum courses. Students may start core non-clinical courses with the approval of their director during the required RN experience. Finding RN employment is the responsibility of the student as it is a professional nursing experience. Northeastern will help support the student in preparation for the job search. A Leave of Absence (LOA) of one year may be granted on an individual basis to gain more nursing experience before returning to the master’s portion of the program.
Part II: Return to Master’s Specialty Tracks
In the master’s specialty track, students are required to take professional and research core classes, clinical core, and specialty clinical courses. Full- or part-time academic study is available to students. Most students return to the master’s segment of the program, taking coursework as a part-time student while continuing to work and increase the amount of RN professional experience. Full-time study, however, is also an option. Completion of the MSN can take four to six semesters depending on the student’s pace and specialty track. Upon completion of the required specialty area credits, the student receives a Master of Science degree and is eligible to take the national certification exam in their area of advanced specialty nursing practice. Financial aid is awarded on a graduate basis during this portion of the program. Students may choose from the following specializations:
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Informatics (MS or MS/MBA)
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Program is appropriate for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree
Students receive a BSN degree following completion of the prelicensure segment of the program
Prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination
Program prepares students for national certification exams in their area of specialty practice
Students complete precepted clinical experience
Students concentrate in one of seven specialty areas
The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Northeastern University and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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The ABSN and Direct Entry programs seek applicants who possess the dedication and academic potential necessary to succeed in our accelerated nursing program. Academic admission requirements, at a minimum, include:
A non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Prerequisite course completion with a “C” grade or higher in each course
Lawful permanent residence in the United States
An updated resume
For applicants who have studied at a non-US institution:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if necessary, with a minimum score of 100
Course-by-Course transcript evaluation by World Education Services (wes.org) if a non-nursing bachelor’s degree was obtained outside the United States.
Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional. Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not accepted. At least one academic reference is preferred.
A personal goal statement describing interest in pursuing a degree in nursing, readiness to be successful in an accelerated program, and leadership potential in the classroom and in future professional practice.
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Ability to meet Northeastern University’s School of Nursing Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation
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Admissions deadline for fall term: June 1
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