Direct Entry Nursing (MS)

School of Nursing

Northeastern’s On Campus Direct Entry Nursing program allows you to use your previous degree and work experience and leverage it into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science degree (MS) in Nursing. Students enter the Direct Entry Nursing (MS) program as graduate students with an undergraduate non-nursing degree and completion of program prerequisites. Students first complete their BSN degree and become licensed as a Registered Nurse, then continue their education to become a Masters-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse in an area of specialization.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: “The Direct Entry Master’s Nursing Program is not eligible for F-1 student immigration status sponsorship.”

Overview

Part I: Pre-licensure
The Direct Entry Nursing student enters the Accelerated Master’s program as a graduate student. The first 16 months (4 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 (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of 64 program semester hours. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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 1 – 2 years of work experience as an RN (including 1 year of experience in Pediatrics and 2 years of experience in Adult Acute Care and Neonatal Care) before resuming classes. Students may start core non-clinical courses with the approval of their director during the required 1-2 year RN experience.  Finding Registered Nurse employment is the responsibility of the student as it is professional nursing experience. Northeastern will help support the student in preparation for the job search. A Leave of Absence (LOA) 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, research and clinical core classes, prior to taking their 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.

Application Deadline

November 15

Employment Opportunities
New Graduate RN Jobs

Contact Info

Program Office
Northeastern University
408D Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

617-373-7330

bouvegrad@neu.edu

Curriculum

Sixteen months of nursing-specific courses prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). A full-time registered nurse work experience is then required for 1 to 2 years depending on the specialty track. Student retain their status for loans and insurance purposes for 2 semesters while enrolled in 2 online “transition to practice” courses. Upon completion of these 2 courses, students may enroll in advanced courses in a MS specialty track.

Sample Curriculum

Sample Program Plan – Phase One: “RN Pre-Licensure” (4 Semesters)

  • Fall Semester

    • Health Assessment & Fundamental Nursing Skills (3)
    • Lab for Health Assessment & Fundamental Nursing Skills (1)
    • Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3)
    • Nursing with Women and Families (3)
    • Clinical for Nursing with Women and Families (2)
    • Advanced Pharmacology (2)

    14 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Nursing Care of Adults I (4)
    • Clinical for Nursing Care of Adults I (2)
    • Nursing & Promotion of Mental Health (3)
    • Clinical for Nursing & Promotion of Mental Health (2)
    • Intermediate Nursing Interventions, Assessment & Community Care (1)
    • Lab for Intermediate Nursing Interventions, Assessment & Community Care (1)

    16 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Nursing Care of Adults II (4)
    • Clinical for Nursing Care of Adults II (2)
    • Nursing Care of the Child (4)
    • Clinical for Nursing Care of the Child (2)
    • Health Care Research (4)

    16 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • Comprehensive Nursing Practicum (3)
    • Clinical for Comprehensive Nursing Practicum (2)
    • Managing and Leading in Nursing (4)
    • Ethical Healthcare Integrating Genetics and Genomics (4)
    • Public Health Community Nursing (3)
    • Clinical for Public Health Community Nursing (2)

    18 Credits

Curriculum subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions

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 the option to leverage that education and experience and enter as a graduate student in Nursing.

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 36 to 42 credit hours depending on the specialty track chosen.  

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
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care Pediatric Track is NOT a DE program option).
  • 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 B or better  in all undergraduate clinical nursing courses (didactic, lab, and clinical). If a grade in any of the courses is below a B, approval and progression is at the discretion of the Specialty Track faculty.

Can students enter the Nurse Anesthesia Program after Registered Nurse work experience?

No. Nurse Anesthesia is not one of the graduate specialty options at this time.

When is the application deadline for admission to the Direct Entry Program?

The Direct Entry program enrolls once a year. The application deadline is November 15. The application is for entry into the program the beginning of the  following September.

What are the admission criteria for the Direct Entry Nursing program?
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
  • A Bachelor’s Degree GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three letters of recommendation, either 2 academic and 1 professional or 1 academic and 2 professional.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not accepted as official recommendations.
  • Personal Goal Statement including interest in nursing, advance practice nursing, and future goals.
  • Completion of the following prerequisites with a minimum grade of C or higher. Science prerequisites with lab (microbiology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry) must have been completed within the last 7 years. Prerequisite courses: Nutrition, Statistics, Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan, and Social/Behavioral Science courses must be completed within 10 years. Prerequisites may be in progress at the time of submission of the application.
  • Experience in patient care, volunteer or paid, is highly recommended
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for all applicants who do not hold undergraduate or graduate degrees from U.S. institutions or institutions where English is not used. #3629 college code. The required IBT TOEFL score is 100.
Must an applicant declare a Master's specialty track at the time of the application?

Yes, students are admitted to a specific specialization track. Selection of specialty track is confirmed upon acceptance into the program.

Are GRE's required as entrance criteria into the Direct Entry Nursing program?

No, GRE’s are NOT required.

What prerequisites are required for entrance to the program?

The following prerequisites must be completed as a full semester course (14 weeks) at an accredited college or university (including accredited community colleges) with satisfactory grades of a “C” or better.

    The science prerequisites listed below must have been completed within the past 7 years.

    • Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (1 course)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Lab (2 courses)
    • Microbiology with Lab (1 course)
    • The following non-science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 10 years.

      • 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 Across the Lifespan.  The second course can be either a Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology course).
      • Nutrition

      Science classes (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) with associated lab should be taken on-ground.  Virtual labs  are preferred to be on-ground courses, but may be accepted with the approval of the Direct Entry 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 requirements.

Can I take my science prerequisites at Northeastern University?

YES. Northeastern University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) offers full semester prerequisite courses. The required prerequisite courses to fulfill the Direct Entry Nursing Program prerequisites through CPS are :

  • BIO 1600 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • BIO 1601 Lab for BIO 1600
  • BIO 1700 Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BIO 1701 Lab for BIO 1700
  • CHM 1100 General Chemistry 1
    • CHM 1101 Lab for CHM 1100
  • BIO 2100 Microbiology
    • BIO 2101 Lab for BIO 2100
  • MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • HSC 1200 Nutrition
  • PSY 3230 Development across the Life Span
  • PSY 1001 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 1003 Introduction to Sociology
  • *All lab courses must be a CPS “Traditional ” course format

    For further information, you can contact CPS at 617-373-2400 or visit their 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?

    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. If you are unsure whether 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 Director of the Direct Entry Nursing Program 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 compelling personal goal statement, and a positive personal interview by faculty  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 credit 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?

    Applications and application materials can be obtained and submitted  via NursingCAS at https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

    Where can I obtain further information?

    View the dates and time of the Graduate Open House schedule at https://bouve.northeastern.edu/grad/openhouse.html.

    Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at telephone number: 617.373.2708 or email: bouvegrad@neu.edu.

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
    • A Bachelor’s Degree GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Three letters of recommendation, either 2 academic and 1 professional or 1 academic and 2 professional.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not accepted. 
    • Personal Goal Statement including interest in nursing, advance practice nursing, and future goals.
    • Completion of the following prerequisites with a minimum grade of C or higher. Science prerequisites with lab (microbiology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry) must have been completed within the last 7 years. Additional prerequisites: Statistics (including hypothesis testing and inferential stats); Developmental Psychology (across the lifespan); Nutrition; 1 Behavioral Science course (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology) must have been completed within the last 10 years. 
    • Experience in patient care, volunteer or paid, is highly recommended
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for all applicants who do not hold undergraduate or graduate degrees from U.S. institutions or institutions where English is not used. #3629 college code. The required iBT TOEFL score is 100.

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