Nursing Schools in MA – Massachusetts

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The state of Massachusetts, or the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" as it officially known, is centrally located between Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. The state has two major metropolitan areas where most of its residents live. These include the Boston metropolitan area in the east and the Springfield metropolitan area in west. Nearly two thirds of the state’s population is located in the Boston metropolitan area.

Massachusetts has a strong and growing economy. With each citizen earning an average of $51,000 a year, Massachusetts has the third highest per capita personal income in the nation. Massachusetts economy is driven by several sectors, including finance, tourism, biotechnology, high technology, higher education and health care. It’s also home to 13 fortune 500 companies and was recognized by CNBC’s list of Top States for Business in 2010 as the 5th best state in the nation.

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Massachusetts is a good place to work for just about any aspiring professional, but it is a particularly good place launch a career in nursing. There are many thousands of companies in the state that hire nurses. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine shows over 130 hospitals are located in Massachusetts (all of which require nurses) and the state is also home to a variety of other health care facilities, medical clinics, nursing care and assisted living centers that hire nurses. In addition, nurses in Massachusetts, on average, earn about $41 an hour. To put this in perspective, nurses in Mississippi earn an average of about $28 an hour. Nurses in Massachusetts earn more than the average nurse employed elsewhere in the United States.

To become a nurse in Massachusetts you’ll need to earn a diploma or degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school. A diploma in nursing will qualify you for nursing positions limited to licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs). Earning an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) qualifies students to work as registered nursing (RN). The qualification that most employer prefer for entry-level positions is the BSN. The BSN also qualifies students to pursue graduate level nursing programs down the road.


Below you will find a comprehensive list of nursing schools and colleges in Massachusetts offering various diploma and degree programs in nursing.

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  • University of Massachusetts – Worcester
    Location:
    Worcester, MA
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)
    www.umassmed.edu

  • Framingham State College
    Location:
    Framingham, MA
    Student Enrollment: 5,860
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN
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  • Lawrence Memorial/Regis College
    Location:
    Medford, MA
    Student Enrollment: 240
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN
    www.lmregis.org

  • Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
    Location:
    Marlboro, MA
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    http://www.assabettech.com/pages/AssabetValley

  • Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts – School of Practical Nursing
    Location:
    Chelsea, MA
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/che/

  • Endicott College
    Location:
    Beverly, MA
    Student Enrollment: 2,150
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.endicott.edu

  • Anna Maria College
    Location:
    Paxton, MA
    Student Enrollment: 1,590
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: Associate, RN-to-BSN
    www.annamaria.edu

  • Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
    Location:
    Brockton, MA
    Student Enrollment: 274
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Diploma
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  • Northern Essex Community College
    Location:
    Lawrence, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.necc.mass.edu

  • Quincy College
    Location:
    Quincy, MA
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.quincycollege.edu

  • Quinsigamond Community College
    Location:
    Worcester, MA
    Student Enrollment: 5,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.qcc.mass.edu

  • Curry College
    Location:
    Milton, MA
    Student Enrollment: 4,000
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.curry.edu

  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    Location:
    Amherst, MA
    Student Enrollment: 27,015
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    www.umass.edu

  • Greenfield Community College
    Location:
    Greenfield, MA
    Student Enrollment: 2,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.gcc.mass.edu

  • Holyoke Community College
    Location:
    Holyoke, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.hcc.edu

  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
    Location:
    Wellesley Hills, MA
    Student Enrollment: 4,700
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.massbay.edu

  • Massasoit Community College
    Location:
    Brokton, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,700
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.massasoit.mass.edu

  • Middlesex Community College
    Location:
    Lowell, MA
    Student Enrollment: 7,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.middlesex.mass.edu

  • Mount Wachusett Community College
    Location:
    Gardner, MA
    Student Enrollment: 3,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN
    www.mwcc.edu

  • Fitchburg State College
    Location:
    Fitchburg, MA
    Student Enrollment: 5,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN
    www.fsc.edu

  • North Shore Community College
    Location:
    Danvers, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.northshore.edu

  • Elms College
    Location:
    Chicopee, MA
    Student Enrollment: 740
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.elms.edu

  • Roxbury Community College
    Location:
    Roxbury Crossing, MA
    Student Enrollment: 2,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.rcc.mass.edu

  • Salem State College
    Location:
    Salem, MA
    Student Enrollment: 10,160
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, LPN-to-RN, Accelerated MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN
    www.salemstate.edu

  • Springfield Technical Community College
    Location:
    Springfield, MA
    Student Enrollment: 7,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    health.stcc.edu

  • Worcester State College
    Location:
    Worcester, MA
    Student Enrollment: 4,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN
    www.worcester.edu

  • Regis College
    Location:
    Weston, MA
    Student Enrollment: 900
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner
    www.regiscollege.edu

  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
    Location:
    North Dartmouth, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, Nurse Practitioner
    www.umassd.edu

  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
    Location:
    Lowell, MA
    Student Enrollment: 9,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, PhD (Doctoral)
    www.uml.edu

  • Cape Cod Community College
    Location:
    West Barnstable, MA
    Student Enrollment: 4,450
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.capecod.edu

  • American International College
    Location:
    Springfield, MA
    Student Enrollment: 1,500
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN
    www.aic.edu

  • Atlantic Union College
    Location:
    South Lancaster, MA
    Student Enrollment: 700
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.auc.edu

  • Becker College
    Location:
    Worcester, MA
    Student Enrollment: 1,200
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN
    www.becker.edu

  • Berkshire Community College
    Location:
    Pittsfield, MA
    Student Enrollment: 2,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.cc.berkshire.org

  • Bristol Community College
    Location:
    Fall River, MA
    Student Enrollment: 6,900
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.bristol.mass.edu

  • Bunker Hill Community College
    Location:
    Charlestown, MA
    Student Enrollment: 4,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.bhcc.mass.edu


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