BSN Nursing

School of Nursing

The Nursing undergraduate program provides the knowledge, skills, and professional values you will need for successful practice as a nurse in the new century. It is offered on a full-time basis only and typically takes five years to complete, which includes cooperative education experiences working in clinical settings such as outstanding Boston-area hospitals.

Overview

Contact Info

Lolita Hampton-Frisby
Administrative Coordinator
Nursing Undergraduate Program
211 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.6083
l.hamptonfrisby@neu.edu

Curriculum

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.

Options for Nurses Seeking Additional Degrees
Many of our nursing specializations are offered at the advanced level for registered nurses who wish to combine a BSN with the MS, PhD, or DNP degree.

Options for Non-Nurses with Undergraduate Degrees
For students already possessing a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, the Direct Entry Nursing program offers the opportunity to become a masters-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.

Undergraduate Handbook

Sample Schedule

4 Year Track | Class of 2017
  • Fall Semester

    • BIOL1117/8 Integr. Anatomy & Phys. 1 w/ Lab (4/1)
    • CHEM1101/2/3 General Chemistry w/ Lab & Rec. (4/1/0)
    • HSCI1105 Nutrition (4)
    • MATH1215/41 Mathmatical Thinking or Calculus (4)
    • NRSG1000 College: An Introduction (1)

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • BIOL1119/20 Anatomy & Phys. w /Lab (4/1)
    • BIOL1121/2 Basic Microbiology w/ Lab (4/1)
    • ENGW1111 College Writing (4)
    • PSCY1101 Foundations of Psychology (4)

    18 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG2210 Health & Illness: Nrsg Prspectve (3)
    • NRSG2220/1 Nrsg Intervention & Assess w/Lab (3/2)
    • NRSG2312 Pathophysiology (4)
    • PHSC4340 Pharmacology for the Health Prof. (4)

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG2000 Prof. Development for Coop (1)
    • NRSG3302/3 Nrsg Women & Familes + Clinical (3/2)
    • NRSG3320/1 Nrsg Care of Adults 1 + Clinical (4/2)
    • NRSG3323/4 Int. Intervention & Assess w/ Lab (1/1)
    • SOCL1101 Introduction to Sociology (4)

    18 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • NRSG3400/1 Promotion of Mental Hlth + Clinical (3/2)
    • PSYC3404 Developmental Psychology (4)

    9 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • Coop No. 1

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop No. 1

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG5120 Statistics for Health Science (3)
    • NRSG3420/1 Nrsg Care of Adults 2 + Clinical (4/2)
    • NRSG4604/5 Public Health Nsg + Clinical (3/2)

    14 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • NRSG4502/3 Nrsg Care of the Child + Clinical (4/2)
    • ENGW3306 Adv. Writing in the Health Prof. (4)

    10 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • Coop No. 2

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop No. 2

  • Spring Semester

    • HLTH5450 Healthcare Research (4)
    • NRSG4610 Managing & Leading in Healthcare (3)
    • NRSG4995 Comprehensive Nrsg Practicum (6)
    • PHIL1165 Moral & Social Problems in HC (4)

    17 Credits

5 Year Track | Class of 2018
  • Fall Semester

    • BIOL1117/8 Integr. Anatomy & Phys. 1 w/ Lab (4/1)
    • CHEM1101/2/3 General Chemistry w/ Lab & Rec. (4/1/0)
    • HSCI1105 Nutrition (4)
    • MATH1215/41 Mathmatical Thinking or Calculus (4)
    • NRSG1000 College: An Introduction (1)

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • BIOL1119/20 Anatomy & Phys. w/ Lab (4/1)
    • BIOL1121/2 Basic Microbiology w/ Lab (4/1)
    • ENGW1111 College Writing (4)
    • PSCY1101 Foundations of Psychology (4)

    18 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG2210 Health & Illness: Nrsg Prspectve (3)
    • NRSG2220/1 Nrsg Intervention & Assess w/Lab (3/2)
    • NRSG2312 Pathophysiology (4)
    • PHSC4340 Pharmacology for the Health Prof. (4)

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG2000 Prof. Development for Coop (1)
    • NRSG3302/3 Nrsg Women & Familes + Clinical (3/2)
    • NRSG3320/1 Nrsg Care of Adults 1 + Clinical (4/2)
    • NRSG3323/4 Int. Intervention & Assess w/ Lab (1/1)
    • SOCL1101 Introduction to Sociology (4)

    18 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • NRSG3400/1 Promotion of Mental Hlth + Clinical (3/2)
    • PSYC3404 Developmental Psychology (4)

    9 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • Coop No. 1

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop No. 1

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG5120 Statistics for Health Science (3)
    • NRSG3420/1 Nrsg Care of Adults 2 + Clinical (4/2)
    • NRSG4604/5 Public Health Nsg + Clinical (3/2)

    14 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • Coop No. 2

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop No. 2

  • Spring Semester

    • HLTH5450 Healthcare Research (4)
    • NRSG4502/3 Nrsg Child & Families + Clinical (4/2)
    • Elective (4)

    14 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • ENGW3306 Advanced Wtg in the Health Prof (4)
    • Elective (4)

    8 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • Coop No. 3

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop No. 3

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG4610 Mnging & Leading in Healthcare (3)
    • NRSG4995 Comp Nursing Practicum (6)
    • PHIL1165 Moral Problems in Healthcare (4)
    • Elective (4)

    17 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the co-op periods?

The co-op periods 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.

How long is the undergraduate nursing program?

The undergraduate nursing program is, either, 4 years with 2, six month co-ops or 5 years with 3, six month co-ops. Students have the option to select either program.

When do students decide which program they will follow?

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. Students also have the option to make that decision earlier in the program, if they would prefer.

Do students take the same courses in the 4 and 5 year programs?

Yes, all nursing students take the same courses, regardless of which option they select. 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.

Can students live in NU housing during co-op?

If the student lives in a residence hall and accepts a local position, then he or she may continue living in the residence hall. If the student accepts a position outside the Boston area, the housing deposit can be transferred to another semester.

Will nursing students be able to have international experiences?

Yes, nursing students will have access to international co-op opportunities and Dialogues of Civilization programs, as do all students in the university.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students are required to have earned a minimum of 41 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: general biology, 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.

Experiential Learning

The School of Nursing has over 40 years’ experience providing cooperative education for nursing students. Beginning in your second year, you will alternate semesters of academic study and semesters of paid employment. You may work in some of the best teaching medical centers in the nation as well as in community hospitals, visiting nurse associations, and neighborhood health centers.

Through the Honors Program, undergraduate students interested in research can work directly with a faculty member. Graduate students can work as research assistants and complete required course assignments through participation in research studies.

Apply to the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program.