Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS/CAGS)


The need for highly engaged and clinically excellent nurses has never been more profound.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles 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.

As a nurse practitioner, you will apply your skills through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. Your health care services will be provided in a variety of settings. Your practice will be patient-centered, collaborative, empathetic and evidence-based. 

In addition to the traditional Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Master’s program, we offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) for nurses who already possess an MS degree in Nursing.

Upon completion of the acute care program, graduates are eligible to sit for all national certification exams in their area of practice.

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.


Degree types:
MS in Nursing
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Study options: Full-time or part-time

Application deadline: August 1

GRE: Not required

F1 Visa: Not eligible

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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.

Sample Curriculum

Curriculum subject to change.
For the most up-to-date information please refer to the university’s academic catalog.


Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Full-time MS

Part-time MS

Experiential Learning

Clinical practice of the advanced nurse is the major focus of this program. All students complete a minimum number of direct patient care 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
  • Tufts-New England Medical Center

Admissions Requirements

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.

Applicants to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program must have a current US Nursing license for admission to the program. GRE scores are not required. Please note that all letters of recommendations and official transcripts must be submitted via NursingCAS.

To apply, applicants must also have the following:

Minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades of ‘B’ or better, is required in all undergraduate clinical courses

Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing within the last 5 years

Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Curriculum vitae

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited USA program (a baccalaureate degree in another field will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director)

Current RN licensure

At least 2 year of active full-time nursing experience in an acute care setting. Attention will be given to former nursing positions that required a high level of independence. Experience in care of adult as well as elder adult populations is encouraged.

Letter of intent to study

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework

Got questions?

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Northeastern University
102 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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