Northeastern’s Direct Entry Nursing program allows students with non-nursing backgrounds to leverage their degrees and experience into a BSN and Master’s degree in Nursing.
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Northeastern’s On-Campus Direct Entry Nursing program allows you to use the degree and experience that you already have and leverage it into a BSN and master’s degree in nursing. Students enter the Direct Entry Nursing (MS) program with an undergraduate non-nursing degree and completion of program prerequisites. Then students continue their education to become a master's-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse in an area of specialization.
Part I: Pre-Licensure
The Direct Entry Nursing student enters the Accelerated Master’s program as a graduate student. The first 16 months (four 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.
RN Work Experience
Once a student becomes licensed as an RN, the student must acquire full-time RN work experience. This part of the program requires at least one to two years of work experience as a Registered Nurse, including two years of experience in Pediatrics, Adult Acute Care and Neonatal, before resuming practicum courses. Students may start core non-clinical courses with the approval of their director during the required RN experience. Finding RN employment is the responsibility of the student as it is a professional nursing experience. Northeastern will help support the student in preparation for the job search. A Leave of Absence (LOA) of one year may be granted on an individual basis to gain more nursing experience before returning to the master’s portion of the program.
Part II: Return to Master’s Specialty Tracks
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. Most students return to the master’s segment of the program, taking 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. 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. Students may choose from the following specializations:
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Informatics (MS or MS/MBA)
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Program is appropriate for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree
Students receive a BSN degree following completion of the prelicensure segment of the program
Prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Program prepares students for national certification exams in their area of Specialty practice
Students complete precepted clinical experience
Students concentrate in one of seven specialty areas
The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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Admissions deadline for Fall term: December 1
Master of Science in Nursing—Direct Entry General Requirements
A B or better in the BSN clinical courses is highly recommended for progression into the MSN portion of the program. Progression is at the graduate specialty director’s discretion.
A B or better is required in graduate-level courses: Advanced Pharmacology (NRSG 5117), Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (NRSG 5126), and Health Informatics (NRSG 6306).
NRSG 2210 - Influences on Health and Illness: A Nursing Perspective
NRSG 4610 - Managing and Leading in Healthcare
NRSG 5117 - Advanced Pharmacology
NRSG 5126 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
NRSG 6306 - Health Informatics
NRSG 2220 - Nursing Interventions, Assessment, and Community Care
NRSG 2221 - Lab for NRSG 2220
NRSG 3323 - Intermediate Interventions and Assessment
NRSG 3324 - Lab for NRSG 3323
Theory and Clinical
NRSG 3302 - Nursing with Women and Families
NRSG 3303 - Clinical for NRSG 3302
NRSG 3320 - Nursing Care of Adults 1
NRSG 3321 - Clinical for NRSG 3320
NRSG 3400 - Nursing and the Promotion of Mental Health
NRSG 3401 - Clinical for NRSG 3400
NRSG 3420 - Nursing Care of Adults 2
NRSG 3421 - Clinical for NRSG 3420
NRSG 4502 - Nursing Care of the Child
NRSG 4503 - Clinical for NRSG 4502
NRSG 4604 - Public Health Community Nursing
NRSG 4605 - Clinical for NRSG 4604
HLTH 5450 - Healthcare Research
NRSG 4995 - Comprehensive Nursing Practicum
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