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


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

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is a specialty track within the MS in Nursing program that prepares nurse practitioners to provide quality primary care to adults/older adults.

As a nurse practitioner you will apply your skills through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. Your healthcare services will be provided in a variety of settings including neighborhood centers, private practices, and in the home.

In addition to our on-ground program, we offer an online program. This offers coursework online while you attend your clinical rotations locally. Most of the coursework is asynchronous* with a few synchronous remote meetings in some courses. Students in the online program will come to Northeastern’s campus twice during the program for long weekend clinical intensives to connect with faculty, perfect clinical skills, and prepare for certification exams. 

In addition to the traditional Master’s Primary Care Nursing program, we offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) for nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing with a nurse practitioner specialty.

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

*Asynchronous refers to a recorded class you can do in your own time.

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:
– Online

– Full-time or part-time

Online Coursework with In-Person Clinical Experience and two on-campus Practice Intensives.

Application deadlines:
Fall: August 1
Spring: November 1

GRE: Not required

Tuition and Fees
Online courses are offered at a discounted rate. Students admitted to an online program will take all courses online at the discounted rate. Students admitted to the Boston campus program may also have access to the online discounted rate for core courses at the discretion of the program director and when room is available in the online section.

Video: The Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Lab


The graduate program at Northeastern University enables nurse practitioners to articulate a theoretical base for practice and recognize competencies necessary for the provision of healthcare to individuals, families, and communities.

Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the nurse practitioner role to include participation and use of research development, implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation.

Massachusetts State Seal

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

Sample Curriculum

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

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Adult-Gerontology Primary 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.

Northeastern is currently able to accept applications from applicants living in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

To apply, applicants must also have the following:

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

Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing, and taken within 5 years of entering the program

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 1 year of active full-time nursing experience. Attention will be given to former nursing positions that required a high level of independence.

Letter of intent to study

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework

Got questions?

Please reach out to us.

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

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Experiential Learning and Clinical Placements

You will apply your classroom learning in a wide array of health care settings such as major teaching hospitals in Boston and Southern N.E., rehabilitation hospitals, specialty clinics, occupational health centers, hospice facilities, Veterans Administration facilities, and university health centers. Our placements include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts-New England Medical Center and dozens more.

You will also learn how to provide care to people in their homes and communities through placements at the VNA Care Network, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and many others. Your clinical rotations in hospital and community settings will equip you to pursue employment in any specialization after graduation.

Online Program Experiential Learning and Clinical Placements

Northeastern will partner with students to identify clinical placements within 100 miles of their home. The online students will be responsible for identifying and proposing a clinical preceptor for review and approval by their program director.

We’ll work to ensure clinical affiliations are in place but require 6 months to expedite contracts.

Students will be expected to travel to the Boston campus for two 2-3 day clinical intensives over weekends. Students will be responsible for cost of travel, room and board for the on-campus intensives.