The Direct Entry Nursing student enters the Accelerated Master’s program as a graduate student. The first 16 months (4 semesters) of the program consist of intensive, sequential classes and clinical with combined undergraduate and graduate level courses. Students are then prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of 64 program semester hours. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after this part of the program. Financial Aid will be granted on an undergraduate basis during the Pre-Licensure phase of the program.
Once a student becomes licensed as an RN, the student acquires full time RN work experience. This part of the program (2 semesters) requires at least 6 -9 months of work experience as a RN before returning to school (including 1 year of experience in Acute Care and 2 years of experience in Neonatal). It is important to know that finding a job is the responsibility of the student as it is professional RN experience. Northeastern will help support the student in preparation for the job search. A Leave of Absence (LOA) after the two semesters of RN Work Experience may be granted on an individual basis to gain more nursing experience before returning to the Master’s portion of the program. Please see the FAQ on Page 14 for more LOA information.
In the Master’s Specialty Track, students are required to take professional and research core classes, clinical core, and specialty clinical courses. Full or part-time academic study is available to students. Although most students return to the Master’s segment of the program and take coursework as a part-time student while continuing to work and increase the amount of RN professional experience. Full-time study, however, is also an option at this point. Completion of the MSN can take four to six semesters depending on the student’s pace and specialty track. Upon completion of the required specialty area credits, the student receives a Master of Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Certification Exam in their area of advanced specialty nursing practice. Financial Aid is awarded on a graduate basis during this portion of the program.
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Sixteen months of nursing-specific courses prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). A full-time registered nurse work experience is then required for 6 to 9 months. You retain your student status for your loan and insurance purposes enrolled in this Transition to Practice. This segment is followed by advanced courses in a speciality track and MS degree.
The Direct Entry Masters’ program offers a student with a bachelor’s degree in another field to leverage that education and experience and enter as a graduate student Nursing. The program consists of two portions. The first 16 months is devoted to nursing-specific classes (undergraduate and graduate levels) including clinical rotations to meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). During this initial phase of the program, financial aid will be awarded on an undergraduate level. Once the BSN is completed, the student is eligible to sit for the nursing licensure exam or NCLEX. Successful completion of this examination results in a Registered Nurse or RN license.
Before the student can enter the master’s portion of the program, the prerequisite of 6 to 9 months of work as a Registerd Nurse (RN) is required as part of the academic preparation. All subsequent enrollments in graduate level coursework following completion of this initial phase of the program and receipt of the RN license will be covered under graduate level financial aid.
The second portion or the master’s degree level of the program varies in length and courses according to the specialty track selected. Most tracks take approximately two years of full time study to complete. At the end of this program the student earns a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and is eligible to sit for specialty certification in the selected track.
The first segment of the program (RN pre-licensure) is 64 credit hours and prepares you to take the registered nurse licensure exam. The Master’s segment requires approximately 43 credit hours, and may require more credits depending on the specialty track you choose. For example, a dual-degree specialty such as MS/MBA requires approximately 67 credits and a certification as Family Nurse Practitioner requires approximately 54 credits.
Yes, students completing the prelicensure segment (first 16 months) of the program are awarded a BSN degree.
After completing the first part of the program and becoming licensed RNs, students choose to continue to work part-time or full-time as a RN and take courses in the Master’s segment of the program.
Students may choose from the following specializations:
No. Nurse Anesthesia is not one of the graduate specialty options at this time.
Is a thesis required or optional during the Master’s portion?
The Direct Entry program enrolls once a year, in the fall semester. There is a December 1 application deadline. The application is for entry into the program that following September.
No, students are not admitted to a specific specialization track. Selection of specilaty track is decided by the 4th semester in the pre-licensure segment of the program. Speciality tracks are competitive and open to all Direct Entry Nursing students.
No, GRE’s are NOT required.
The following prerequisites must be completed as a semester course at an accredited college or university (including accredited community colleges) with satisfactory grades of a “C” or better.
*If an applicant plans to take the prerequisite courses through Northeastern University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) please see the FAQ below for further details on course requirements.
YES. Northeastern University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) offers some prerequisite courses. CPS is on a quarter system rather than a semester system. The required prerequisite courses to fulfill the Direct Entry Nursing Program prerequisites through CPS are:
You can contact CPS at website, www.cps.neu.edu.
We require a “C” grade or better for credits to be accepted from an accredited institiution.
YES, you may apply to the program without having completed all of the pre-requisites; however, your prerequisite courses must be completed before you begin the program in the Fall semester. Please include a letter with your application indicating where and when you will be completing the remaining prerequisite courses. If you are unsure if the college or university where you are taking the pre-requisite course is accredited, contact the respective college or university.
Yes, your Direct Entry Nursing Program Advisor can provide you further information on this process.
The Direct Entry Nursing Program is selective. When assessing a candidate factors such as GPA (3.0 or >), three strong recommendations, a positive personal interview by faculty after the application deadline, and a compelling personal goal statement are all weighed and considered. Experience in patient care, whether paid or volunteer, is highly recommended and will make an applicant a stronger candidate.
The pre-licensure part of the program has a flat fee rate for each of the first four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). There is no tuition fee when the student is on the RN work experience between the pre-licensure and Master segments of the program. When returning to the Master’s portion of the program the tuition is based on the graduate fee for individual course credits. To obtain current tuition costs, refer to http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/studentaccounts/tuition.html.
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