School of Nursing

The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate our students to provide evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent, ethical healthcare that is high quality, safe, and accessible to diverse local, national and global communities. Our programs prepare students to become leaders as nurse clinicians, educators, scholars, and researchers.

About the School of Nursing

The need for well-educated, highly-skilled nurses has never been greater. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) through its “Quality Chasm” series in the late ‘90s increased the awareness of the key role that nurses play in patient safety and quality improvement. Thus, today there is an unprecedented demand for professional and advance practice nurses.

Based on our long and rich history of nursing education at Northeastern, we are well positioned to prepare you for positions of responsibility in all areas of healthcare. Our programs range from undergraduate through graduate degrees, as well as continuing education conferences, presentations, and workshops for nurses in administrative, clinical, educational and research positions. Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible for licensure.

BSN Degree
MSN Degree
PhD Degree
DNP Degree
CNE Opportunities

There is no better time or place to prepare for these accomplishments than at the School of Nursing within Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Come explore our website, contact us with questions, and let us arrange a visit for you.


The prelicensure  programs at Northeastern University School of Nursing Boston campus are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

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The prelicensure  program at Northeastern University School of Nursing Charlotte campus are approved by the North Carolina Board of  Nursing.


The Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northeastern University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

Nursing Provider Accreditation

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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The mission of the Northeastern University School of Nursing is to educate students to provide evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent, ethical healthcare that is high quality, safe, accessible to diverse, local, national and global communities. Our programs prepare students to become leaders as nurse clinicians, educators, and researchers.

  • Leadership
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Quality Care
  • Critical Thinking / Clinical Reasoning
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Cultural Linguistic Competence
  • Informatics / Technology

Organizing Concepts

The following Curriculum Organizing Concepts were developed by the Northeastern School of Nursing CCNE Task Force in draft form June 22, 2012; discussed further and consensus vote in the CCNE Faculty Workshop on October 4, 2012; and approved at the Faculty Organization meeting on October 15, 2012.

Leadership encompasses the ability to listen, translate, decide, take action and inspire others. Leaders have the vision to set direction, engage the stakeholders towards a common goal, and have the competency to create and cultivate open, trusting and caring relationships with others. (Based on O’Connor, M. (2008). The dimensions of leadership. A foundation for caring competency. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 32 (1), 21-26.)

Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning:
Critical thinking is a reflective process based on creative, intuitive, logical, and inferential thought patterns. Clinical reasoning is the ability to think critically about health care decisions related to patients, families, and communities.
(Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., & Day. L. (2010). Educating nurses. A call for radical transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.)

Evidence-Based Practice:
An integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and preferences of the individuals, families and communities who are served. This assumes that optimal nursing care is provided when nurses and health care decision-makers have access to a synthesis of the latest research, a consensus of expert opinion, and are thus able to exercise their judgment as they plan and provide care that takes into account cultural and personal values and preferences. This approach to nursing care bridges the gap between the best evidence available and the most appropriate nursing care of individuals, groups and populations with varied needs.
(Sigma Theta Tau International. (2005). Evidence-based practice position statement, Indianapolis, IN: Author.)

Quality Care:
Quality is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge. Quality care is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.
(Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.)

Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations that value and incorporate the cultural differences of diverse populations. It promotes evaluation of one’s own health-related values and beliefs, health care organizations, and health care providers, and responds appropriately to, and directly serves the unique needs of populations whose cultures may be different from the prevailing culture.
(Adapted from: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care: Final Report. (March, 2001). Washington, DC: OMH, DHHS

Interprofessional Collaboration:
A situation wherein multiple healthcare workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patient’s families, care givers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.
(Interprofessional Educational Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.)

Utilize informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making using information technology.
(Institute of Medicine. (2003). Health professions education. A bridge to quality. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.)

Dean’s Welcome

The School of Nursing in Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences has a proud history of preparing nurse leaders in practice, education and research. We are helping to build a strong nursing workforce by offering an array of excellent programs, including our traditional nursing baccalaureate and accelerated nursing baccalaureate programs, an RN to BSN program, and a Direct Entry nursing program (on the ground and hybrid) for second degree students, as well as our outstanding graduate nursing programs (MS, DNP and PhD).

For more than fifty years, our school has worked collaboratively with our community partners to develop experiential learning venues for students. A major goal of the Northeastern educational experience is to improve urban health and reduce health disparities. We recognize the critical importance of team work and embrace the growing opportunities for interprofessional practice, education, and research. Our talented faculty and staff are committed to excellence and dedicated to innovation.

This is an exciting time of growth, as we expand our reach nationally and internationally. We invite you to become a part of our team!

Rhonda M. Board, PhD, RN, CCRN
Interim Dean & Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Associate Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)

In March, 2014 the National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing designated the SON as a Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)