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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.1

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.


1 Northeastern University 2009 Co-op Student Handbook page 12.


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