4 Ways to Prepare for the Direct Entry-Hybrid Nursing Program’s Summer Start Date

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There may be a chill in the air, but now is the perfect time to think about joining the summer cohort for Northeastern University’s Boston Direct Entry Nursing Program. There are several steps within the Direct Entry application process, and some of them will take longer to complete than others. The summer cohort starts in May; to secure your seat, follow these five steps:

Talk to an admissions counselor.

The first step in the process is chatting with one of our admissions counselors. This is the best way to determine your eligibility and learn more about the various elements of the program, which includes didactic (theory) classes you take online, hands-on lab simulations at our main campus and clinical placements at hospitals and healthcare facilities in and around Boston. But what does an online class look like? How much commuting is involved? What are your options for financial aid? Your counselor can answer all of these questions and more. To get the most out of your appointment, have copies of your unofficial transcripts available; this will allow your counselor to see which eligibility requirements you’ve met and which ones still need to be completed. To make an appointment, call 866.892.3819.

Complete all admissions requirements.

Eligibility requirements for Direct Entry include having a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from a regionally accredited college or university, a 3.0 GPA or better and the completion of nine nursing prerequisites with a minimum grade of C or higher. Completing prerequisites is typically the most time-consuming part of the process, so the sooner you talk to an counselor, the sooner you can start working on them. Depending on the coursework you took for your first bachelor’s degree, you may have already satisfied one or more of the following:


  • Microbiology with Lab: 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab: 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: 4 credits
  • Introduction to Chemistry with Lab: 4 credits
  • Statistics (inferential stats and hypothesis testing): 3 credits
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (any 100-level course or above): 3 credits
  • Developmental Psychology (Lifespan): 3 credits
  • Nutrition: 3 credits

Order official transcripts from all institutions you’ve attended.

You may have provided unofficial transcripts at the beginning of the process, but Northeastern must have official transcripts on file for your application to be considered complete. Please have them mailed to:

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

Complete the online application for admission.

You can begin your application by creating a Northeastern University Graduate School Application Account at https://neugrad.askadmissions.net/emtinterestpage.aspx?ip=account. You should be redirected back to the login page. If that doesn’t happen, go to https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=neu-grad.

For your application to be considered complete, you must also submit official transcripts, a goal statement, three letters of recommendation and a $75 non-refundable application fee. Your counselor can offer more guidance here.

About the Direct Entry-Hybrid Nursing Program

The Direct Entry Nursing Program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field to earn two nursing degrees in the same program.  Direct Entry results in a master’s degree, but you receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after 16 months. Once you have your BSN, you can sit for the NCLEX to obtain your RN license, find work as a nurse and complete the master’s degree portion (choose from Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Administration/Leadership and Policy).

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