Accelerated Bachelor of Science
in Nursing
Burlington Campus, MA

redefining what’s possible

Want a career in nursing and already hold a BA or BS in another field?

Northeastern’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and wish to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing blended 16-month, full-time program, that combines online didactic coursework with hands-on learning experiences. Students work closely with nursing faculty to master the core skills necessary to excel in the nursing profession as a registered nurse. The program also prepares students to successfully take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Why study nursing at Northeastern?

Our innovative Nursing program combines foundational practices, clinical experiences, and real-world simulations to prepare students for a successful patient care career. Our educators and mentors come from some of the country’s finest teaching hospitals such as Boston Children’s, Mass General, Tufts Medical, and Brigham and Women’s.


Degree: BS in Nursing

Start Dates: January, May, and September

Application Deadlines:
Summer: March 15
Fall: July 19                            
Spring 2025: Nov 15

GRE: Not required
Note: Not F1-eligible

Video: Meet Lily Harris ’21


The curriculum includes 67 credits of undergraduate coursework taken across 4 semesters. The majority of these credits are completed online through an e-learning platform that allows students to listen to lectures, submit assignments, complete interactive learning modules, and engage in discussion with faculty and classmates.  Hands-on experience is achieved with a variety of clinical rotations and experiences in a skills and simulation laboratory.

Massachusetts State Seal

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

Experiential Learning

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing has an extensive network of clinical affiliations at health centers, major teaching and community hospitals and clinics that allow students to engage in clinical experiences covering a wide range of nursing specialties that include:

  • Adult health
  • Obstetrics and women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Public health
  • Management and leadership.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C or higher to begin the program. Science prerequisites (microbiology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology ) must have been completed within the last 10 years. Non-science courses include statistics, developmental psychology, nutrition and a social science course.

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement in response to the questions outlined in the Personal Statement link, and upload a brief video (no more than 2 minutes in length) addressing specific questions as outlined in the video directions link.

The goal statement and video provide the School of Nursing a glimpse of the applicant’s personality and passion for nursing beyond what the written application can demonstrate. 

Admissions Checklist

  • Degree Requirements
    Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or Better
  • Official Test Scores
    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.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation from professional references, one of which must be from an academic reference.
  • Personal Statement
    What is your current career and why do you wish to transition to a career in nursing at this point in your life

    Describe how you plan to handle the return to school and the demands of full-time study.

    What characteristics do you believe you possess that will make you a good nurse and student leader? Provide an example of when you believe you demonstrated leadership qualities.