The Northeastern University Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Anesthetist Programs prepare nurses for professional licensure as Nurse Practitioners within a population focus or as Nurse Anesthetists. The program in which you are enrolled prepares you to practice in any state, based on the information posted on each state’s nursing licensure website as of 2021. Please refer to the complete list of state licensure requirements here: professional licensure disclosures on the University’s Consumer Information page. Please contact your program director with any questions about professional licensure.
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for the advanced practice role and to care for patients with acute, episodic and complex chronic illnesses in the acute care setting. The program culminates in the Master of Science degree in Nursing.
In addition to the master’s program, we offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) for nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing.
Before enrolling in our clinical core courses, applicants must have two years experience as an RN in an acute care setting in the United States. Additionally, during the five years prior to entering our program, applicants must have successfully completed a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.
Our program* provides a broad background of basic physiology, advanced pathophysiology and advanced health assessment. Diagnostic reasoning skills are taught and developed as students learn the advanced nursing management and technology skills needed to care for acute, chronic and critically ill individuals and their families.
*Curriculum subject to change.
Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.
Acute Care Theory Courses
Acute Care Practicum Courses
Total Credits Required for MS: 43
Total Credits Required for CAGS Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialization: 24
Clinical practice of the advanced nurse is the major focus of this program. All students complete a minimum of 600 hours of precepted clinical learning. Intensive supervision of clinical work by faculty and expert preceptors provides the necessary experience for practice, as well as an appreciation of the critical analysis as a method of learning. Through varied clinical experiences while working with expert clinicians, students develop the expertise necessary for patient management and advanced nursing practice skills across the wellness-illness continuum.
The School of Nursing has over 40 years of experience providing experiential learning opportunities for nursing students. Students consult with their faculty advisors to choose the appropriate clinical settings for their practicum experiences. Opportunities are available in locations throughout New England. The School of Nursing maintains affiliations with over 100 institutions in Greater Boston including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center