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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Master’s program: direct master’s entry

william f. connell school of nursing

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and want to enter nursing as an advanced practice nurse practitioner in adult-gerontology, family, pediatrics, psych/mental health, or women's health specialties? You can complete a master’s degree in 23 months and begin to make an immediate impact, shifting your career into high gear.

Nurse Practitioner named #1 fastest growing career for college graduates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The Connell School’s accelerated Direct Master’s Entry to Nursing Program has an outstanding track record of preparing nurse practitioners for successful, fulfilling, and meaningful careers in health care settings here in Boston—home to one of the world’s elite medical communities—and across the country. A Boston College nursing education carries with it a reputation for excellence that extends throughout the field, creating exceptional opportunities for students who are eager to make an impact when they enter the profession.  

Learn more about the accelerated master's program:

Curriculum and courses

Starting in July, you will join a supportive cohort of students who move together through a series of requirements that will prepare you to become a registered nurse. In your first, intensive year of full-time study, your courses will cover nursing science, nursing practice and public health, pharmacology, pathophysiology, pediatrics, and psychiatric health, among other topics. Your program will include two days a week of clinical study.

During the summer session that follows your first year, you’ll gain more clinical experience in a nursing synthesis practicum where you’ll expand and refine nursing concepts and clinical reasoning, and sit for your licensing exam. Then in the fall, you’ll enter your specialty year, completing your clinical requirements throughout the fall and spring semesters and gaining the competency needed to earn your master’s degree in your chosen specialty.

For details, see a sample plan of study for the accelerated master’s entry program.


Clinical placements

You will be well prepared for your clinical placement, which draws on the opportunities that Boston’s health care environment offers and on the Connell School’s professional network. Learn more about our clinical placements »



The Connell School faculty comprises internationally recognized experts across every field of research and practice. Our 52 full-time faculty and 76 part-time instructors are passionate about advancing nursing science. They are dedicated to providing individual attention to each student—attention that makes a lasting difference in the lives and careers of our alumni. Learn more about our faculty »



The accelerated Direct Master’s Entry Program will allow you to finish your degree in 23 months rather than the more standard three years. Learn more about our schedule »


How to Apply »