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 didactic and clinical practicum courses. Live sessions are offered in a flexible format to accommodate student needs.

Students can gain experience in their local area and are expected to find their own preceptors. Learn more under Experiential Learning.

Students are required to be on campus one weekend per clinical semester to connect with faculty, perfect clinical skills, and prepare for certification exams. This program offers coursework online while you attend your clinical rotations locally.

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. Students in the online program will come to Northeastern’s campus twice during the program for 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.

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

Study options:
– 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

Video: The Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Lab


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

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.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Family 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. 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?

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

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