Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

redefining what’s possible

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.

Our world-renowned co-op program offers collaborative learning opportunities that prepare students by deepening their learning and applying themselves as nurses in the 21st century.

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The undergraduate nursing curriculum provides the knowledge, skills, and professional values you will need for successful practice as a nurse in the new century. The curriculum draws on basic and behavioral sciences, the arts and humanities, and the art and science of nursing to help you understand the complexities of health and illness across the life span.

Your introduction to nursing courses begins in your sophomore year. The skills and procedures you learn in the nursing courses prepare you for the clinical courses to come. You will build confidence as you put your nursing skills into practice caring for patients during academic and co-op experiences.

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

Four-Year Track, 2 (6-Month) Co-op Option

Sample curriculum, subject to change.
Also 5-year, 3 co-op option available.

Admissions Options

Undergraduate Application Process

Students with no previous degrees or college courses should apply through Northeastern’s undergraduate application process. Instructions for how to apply and next steps can be found on Northeastern’s How to Apply page.

Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

Transfer students are required to have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of transferable credits appropriate to the curriculum.

To be accepted into the program, transfer students must also have an overall QPA of 3.0 and have successfully completed the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab)
  • Chemistry I (with lab)
  • English I
  • College Algebra and Psychology

Microbiology is recommended. Additional non-nursing courses applicable to the curriculum may be transferred into the school.

Non-Nurses with Undergraduate Degrees

Students who already have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing have two different program options:

The Direct Entry Nursing program offers the opportunity to become a master’s-prepared nurse in the specialization of your choice. Sixteen months of nursing-specific classes (including practica) prepare students to sit for the national licensing examination (NCLEX). After passing the NCLEX and working as a registered nurse for six to nine months in a full-time cooperative experience, students continue in the masters’ program.

The Accelerated BSN programs in Burlington, MA and Charlotte, NC allow undergrads with a non-nursing background the opportunity to fast-track into the nursing field.

Experiential Learning

Learning extends beyond the classroom at Northeastern. Providing students with opportunities for thought-provoking experiential education that links coursework with the real world is central to the mission both of the University and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Our broad mix of experience-based programs — including co-op, student research, service learning, and global learning — build deep and lasting connections that enable Bouvé students to transform their lives, giving them valuable opportunities to practice their profession as members of a healthcare team.

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing has an extensive network of top-notch 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. These include:

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the 4 vs. 5 year nursing programs?

Students have the option to select either the 4 year program with 2 six-month co-ops, or the 5 year program with 3 six-month co-ops.

All nursing students take the same courses, regardless of which option they select. However, students who complete the 4 year option may need to either use advanced placement credit or take courses on co-op to complete credit requirements for some electives.

Students have until September 1st of the third year of study to make the decision regarding whether they will graduate in 4 or 5 years. You also have the option to make that decision earlier in the program, if they would prefer.

How long are co-ops and can students stay in Northeastern housing during them?

Co-op are 6 months in length. Spring/Summer I co-op schedule is from January to June and the Summer II/Fall co-op schedule is from July to December. This is the same co-op schedule that most undergraduate programs in the university follow.

If you, as a student, live in a residence hall and accept a local position, you can continue living in the residence hall. If you accept a position outside the Boston area, your housing deposit can be transferred to another semester.

Are nursing students able to get experience abroad?

Yes! Nursing students have access to international co-op opportunities and Dialogues of Civilization programs, just like all students at the university.