- Undergraduate Programs
- BSN Nursing
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) – Boston Campus
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) – Charlotte Campus
- Online RN to BSN
- Master’s / Specialties / CAGS
- Direct Entry Nursing (MS)
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS, CAGS)
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MS, CAGS)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (MS, CAGS)
- Master’s / Specialties / CAGS
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MS, CAGS)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS, CAGS)
- Nurse Anesthesia (MS, CAGS)
- United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (DNP)
- Nursing Administration (MS)
- MS / MBA Nursing Program
- Doctoral Programs
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master’s / Specialties / CAGS
Master’s / Specialties / CAGS
Direct Entry Nursing (MS)
What is the structure of the Direct Entry Nursing Program?
The Direct Entry Masters’ program offers a student with a bachelor’s degree in another field to leverage that education and experience and enter as a graduate student Nursing. The program consists of two portions. The first 16 months is devoted to nursing-specific classes (undergraduate and graduate levels) including clinical rotations to meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). During this initial phase of the program, financial aid will be awarded on an undergraduate level. Once the BSN is completed, the student is eligible to sit for the nursing licensure exam or NCLEX. Successful completion of this examination results in a Registered Nurse (RN) license.
1 year of full-time experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) is required prior to Nurse Practitioner clinical rotations in primary care. The Adult Acute Care and Neonatal programs require 2 years of Full Time experience. A DE student in the RN portion of the program will be required to maintain a “B” or better in all clinical didactic and practicum courses to transition seamlessly into their specialty track. However, if a student receives less than a 3.0 in one of these courses, the student should contact the Director who will determine whether the student should continue in their track.
The second portion or the master’s degree level of the program varies in length and courses according to the specialty track selected. Most tracks take approximately two years of full time study to complete. At the end of this program the student earns a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and is eligible to sit for specialty certification in the selected track.
How many credits is the entire program?
The first segment of the program (RN pre-licensure) is 64 credit hours and prepares you to take the registered nurse licensure exam. The Master’s segment requires approximately 43 credit hours, and may require more or less credits depending on the specialty track you choose. For example, a dual-degree specialty such as MS/MBA requires approximately 67 credits. A certification as Family Nurse Practitioner requires approximately 47 credits.
Do students receive a BSN—Bachelors Degree in Nursing —after the first 16 months?
Yes, students completing the prelicensure segment (first 16 months) of the program are awarded a BSN degree.
After the RN work experience, may students attend the graduate portion of the program part-time?
After completing the first part of the program and becoming licensed RNs, students choose to continue to work part-time or full-time as a RN and take courses in the Master’s segment of the program.
What specialty areas can students choose in completing the Master’s 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
Does a student need to re-apply to enroll in the Master’s specialty track once completing the pre-licensure segment of the Direct Entry Program?
Since the program is competitive, to transition seamlessly into a specialty track a student in the pre-licensure portion of the program should maintain a 3.0 GPA in all clinical nursing courses (didactic, lab, and clinical). If a grade in any of the courses is below a 3.0 approval will be at the discretion of the Specialty Track faculty.
Can students enter the Nurse Anesthesia Program after Registered Nurse work experience?
The following prerequisites must be completed as a semester long course at an accredited college or university (including accredited community colleges) with satisfactory grades of a “C” or better.
- Introduction to Chemistry with Lab (1 course)
- Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (2 courses)
- Microbiology with Lab (1 course)
- Statistics (1 course that includes inferential statistics and hypothesis testing)
- Social / Behavioral Sciences (2 courses – 1 of the 2 courses must be Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology) Nutrition
It is preferred that labs for Science classes (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) are taken in person. Virtual labs maybe accepted with the approval of the DE Program Director.
*If an applicant plans to take the prerequisite courses through Northeastern University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) please see the FAQ below for further details on course re quirements.
Can I take my science prerequisites at Northeastern University?
YES. Northeastern University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) offers some prerequisite courses. CPS is on a quarter system rather than a semester system. The required prerequisite courses to fulfill the Direct Entry Nursing Program prerequisites through CPS are only Science and Statistics courses:
- Anatomy 1, 2, + 3 (3 courses with labs)
- Chemistry 1 + 2 (2 courses with labs)
- Microbiology 1 + 2 (2 courses with labs)
- Statistics 1 + 2
You can contact CPS at website, www.cps.neu.edu.
What grade do I need in a prerequisite course for it to be accepted by the Direct Entry Nursing Program?
We require a “C” grade or better in prerequisite courses for credits to be accepted from an accredited institution.
Can I still apply to the program if I have not yet completed my prerequisites?
YES, you may apply to the program without having completed all of the pre-requisites; however, your prerequisite courses must be completed before you begin the program in the Fall semester. It is preferred that science courses are completed prior to submitting your application. Please include a letter with your application indicating where and when you will be completing the remaining prerequisite courses. If you are unsure if the college or university where you are taking the pre-requisite course is accredited, contact the respective college or university.
Can students complete their registered nurse work experience in another state?
Yes, the Direct Entry Nursing Program Director can provide you further information on this process.
Is the program selective? What do you look for when accepting a candidate to your program?
The Direct Entry Nursing Program is competitive. When assessing a candidate, factors such as GPA (3.0 or ), three strong recommendations, a positive personal interview by faculty, and a compelling personal goal statement are all considered. Experience in patient care, whether paid or volunteer, is highly recommended and will make an applicant a stronger candidate.
What is the cost of the program?
The pre-licensure part of the program has a flat fee rate for each of the first four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). There is no tuition fee when the student is on the RN work experience between the pre-licensure and Master segments of the program. When returning to the Master’s portion of the program the tuition is based on the graduate fee for individual course credits. To obtain current tuition costs, refer to http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/studentaccounts/tuition.html.
Where can I obtain an application?
You can download the application online by going to
Where can I obtain further information?