Family Nurse Practitioner

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.

Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is a specialty track focusing on the primary health care of individuals and families. The program is offered in a hybrid format with the majority of the classes delivered online, coupled with live presentation sessions. Students are required to be on campus twice per semester.  On campus expectations may vary in the summer sessions.

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

Admission 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. Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades of ‘B’ or better, is required in all undergraduate clinical courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional).
  • Curriculum vita.
  • 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.
  • Personal interview.
  • Official transcript from a baccalaureate program if applicable.

Please note that Official transcripts should be mailed to Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Graduate School, 123 Behrakis Health Science Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, and e-transcripts to bouvegrad@neu.edu

Sample Curriculum

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 Hybrid 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.

Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program have the option of choosing either a full-time or part-time program of study.

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 5117: Advanced Pharmacology 2
    • NRSG 5121: Epidemiology and population Health 3
    • NRSG 5126: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    • NRSG 6115: Health Assessment 3

    11 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6222: Pharmacology of Adults and Older Adults 2
    • NRSG 6290: Family Care of the Adult/Older Adult 4
    • NRSG 6291: Family Care of the Adult/Older Adult Practicum 4

    10 Credits / 240 Clinical Hours

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 5118: Health Care System and professional Role Development 3
    • NRSG 7105: Translating Research into Practice 3
    • NRSG 6292: Family Theory 2

    8 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6242: Pediatric Pharmacology 2
    • NRSG 6293: Family Care of Pediatric and Adolescents 4
    • NRSG 6294: Family care of Pediatric and Adolescents 4

    10 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 7110: Evidenced Based Research Application 2
    • NRSG 6295: Health Care of Women in Family Practice 2
    • NRSG 6296: Family Practice Comprehensive Practicum 4

    8 Credits / 480 Clinical Hours
    Total Credits Required 47
    Total Clinical Hours 720


Curriculum subject to change

Curriculum subject to change

Part-time Study

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 5117: Advanced Pharmacology 2
    • NRSG 5126: Advanced Pathophysiology 3

    5 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 5121: Epidemiology and Population Health 3

    3 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 5118: Health Care System and professional Role Development

    3 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6115: Health Assessment 3

    3 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6222: Pharmacology of Adults and Older Adults 2
    • NRSG 6290: Family Care of the Adult/Older Adult 4
    • NRSG 6291: Family Care of the Adult/Older Adult Practicum 4

    10 Credits / 240 Clinical Hours

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 7105: Translating Research into Practice 3
    • NRSG 6292: Family Theory 2

    5 Credits

Curriculum subject to change

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6242: Pediatric Pharmacology 2
    • NRSG 6293: Family Care of Pediatric and Adolescents 4
    • NRSG 6294: Family care of Pediatric and Adolescents 4

    10 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 7110: Evidenced Based Research Application 2
    • NRSG 6295: Health Care of Women in Family Practice 2
    • NRSG 6296: Family Practice Comprehensive Practicum 4

    8 Credits


Total Program Credits Required 47
Total Program Clinical Hours 720

Curriculum subject to change

Experiential Learning

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.

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program. Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to Bouve Graduate Admissions.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Northeastern University
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Graduate School Admissions
360 Huntington Avenue
Behrakis Health Science Center, Room 123
Boston, MA 02115

Electronic transcripts can be emailed to: bouvegrad@neu.edu