Are you passionate about improving the health care of others? Take the next step in advancing your career.

Our accelerated program allows Registered Nurses (RNs) to earn their graduate degree in just 3 years. We prepare students to deliver primary health care to diverse populations across the lifespan.You’ll focus on health promotion and education, disease prevention and learn to assess and manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

We have close relationships with world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities — like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our students expand their knowledge by completing clinical practicums, attending lectures and taking advantage of research opportunities.

Graduates of this program are prepared to take the family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification exam and find success in all medical settings and in Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs

Program Requirements

Students are admitted directly into the graduate nursing program and work closely with their academic advisor to plan their course sequence. Students do not receive an undergraduate degree and are therefore are not required to meet all the all-College undergraduate degree requirements. 

RN-MS Sample Program, Full-Time Schedule

Phase I Courses for the RN-MSN 

Year 1

Fall
NURS 292 Health Assessment (4 credits)
NURS 387 Nursing Care of Individuals, Families, Communities (4 credits)
NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 credits)

Spring
NURS 454 Leadership/Management in the Clinical Setting (4 credits)
SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)
MATH 118 Statistics (4 credits)

Summer
NUR 350 Independent Study (4 credits)

Phase I Total Credits: 27 

Phase II Courses for the RN-MSN (Phase II can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis) 

Fall
SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)

Spring

NUR 422 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (3 credits)
NUR 500 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
NUR 500A FNPI Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
NUR 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)

Year 3

Summer
NUR 501 FNP II Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (4 credits)
NUR 501A FNP II Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
NURS 504 Family Theory: Health and Illness (3 credits)
NUR 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)

Fall
NUR 502 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
NUR 502A FNP III Clinical Decision Making (2 credits)
NUR 423 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II (2 credits)

Spring
NUR 503 FNP IV Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
NUR 503A FNP IV Clinical Decision Making (3 credits)
NUR 589 Informatics (3 credits)

Phase II Total Credits: 41

Faculty
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    • Patricia Rissmiller
    • Chair, Graduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2133
    • Office: S342
    Charlene Berube
    • Charlene Berube
    • Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2533
    • Office: S313
    Sarah Desmond
    • Sarah Desmond
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2546
    • Office: S307
    Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue
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    • Karen Teeley
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2536
    • Office: S325
    Sarah Volkman
    Patricia White
    • Patricia White
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2138
    • Office: S308
Clinical and Research

Clinical and research are key components of our nursing programs. You'll have opportunities to explore your interests, build your skills and develop mentoring relationships with leaders in the field.

Our students put their knowledge into practice in many ways, including:

  • Participating in clinical practicums in a variety of settings – hospitals, clinics, community-based health centers, nursing homes – and with diverse populations across the lifespan, including pediatrics, women’s health, adult and geriatric care.
  • Collaborate with faculty or community agencies to develop and implement scholarly research projects. 
How to Apply

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