School of Nursing

Family Primary Care Specialties


Nurse practitioners provide primary care across the life span through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. These health care services are provided in a variety of settings including neighborhood centers, private practices, school-based clinics, and in the home.

This specialization has two tracks that prepare adult/older adult and family nurse practitioners to provide quality primary care.

In addition to the traditional Masters Primary Care Nursing program, we offer a Certified Nurse Practitioner's Master's Completion Program, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in both tracks.

Upon completion of the primary care program, graduates are eligible to sit for all national certification exams in their area of practice.


The graduate program at Northeastern University enables nurse practitioners to articulate a theoretical base for practice and recognize competencies necessary for the provision of health care to individuals, families, and communities. Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the nurse practitioner role to include participation and use of research development, implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation.

Read the curricula for all programs.

Experiential Learning

You will apply your classroom learning in a wide array of health care settings such as major teaching hospitals in Boston and Southern N.E., rehabilitation hospitals, specialty clinics, school-based clinics, occupational health centers, and university health centers. Our placements include Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts-New England Medical Center and dozens more. You will also learn how to provide care to people in their homes and communities through placements at the VNA Care Network, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and many others. Your clinical rotations in hospital and community settings will equip you to pursue employment in any specialization after graduation.

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Contact Info

Susan J. Roberts
211 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3130