Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)


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

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is a specialty track focusing on the primary healthcare of individuals and families. The program is offered in a hybrid format with classes delivered online, coupled with live sessions within the clinical practicum courses. Live sessions are offered in a flexible format to accommodate student needs.

We also offer a fully online Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Students can gain experience in their local area and are expected to find their own preceptors. They are expected on the Boston campus for two weekends intensives only. Learn more under Experiential Learning.

Students are required to be on campus one weekend per clinical semester, and to attend the two Intensive Workshops. 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. 

Upon completion of the family nurse practitioner 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 as of 2021. Please refer to the complete list of state licensure requirements here: professional licensure disclosures on the University’s Consumer Information page. Please contact your program director with any questions about professional licensure.


Degree types:
MS in Nursing

Study options:
– On ground (Boston Campus)/hybrid
– Online

– Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
On-ground: Aug 1 for Fall
Online: Aug 1 for Fall, Nov 1 for Spring

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.

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The primary goal of the Family Nurse Practitioner Hybrid Program is to educate family nurse practitioners who are capable of providing evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent, ethical primary health care to individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates will become nurse clinicians, educators, scholars, researchers, and life-long learners.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare family nurse practitioners who will:

  • Provide evidenced-based health care to individuals, families, and communities across diverse cultural and practice settings
  • Effectively utilize information technologies in the provision of care to individuals, families, and communities
  • Actively collaborate and communicate with fellow clinicians and institutions to ensure coordination of care to individuals, families, and communities
  • Provide leadership across diverse cultural and practice settings in the provision of primary health care to individuals, families, and communities

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.

Sample Full-time MS

Sample Part-time MS

Experiential Learning and Clinical Placement

Clinical practicum is available in a variety of urban and rural settings. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Primary care offices
  • Community health centers

Preceptorship is one to one. Preceptors may be advanced nurse practitioners or physicians. The student will manage a caseload with increasing complexity and independence as the program progresses. 

Reliable transportation is necessary to access clinical practicum locations. This is the responsibility of the student.

Online Program Experiential Learning

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 have two 2-3 day clinical intensives over weekends.

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.

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 ten 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. Experience in care of pediatric as well as adult populations is encouraged.

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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