Mount Wachusett Community College

Gardner, MA 01440
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Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is located in Gardner, Massachusetts. MWCC was established back in 1973. It offers students many educational opportunities. With more than 70 academic programs for students to choose from, it is easy for students to find the right academic path that suits their situation. The school serves more than 11,000 students and even has a dual enrollment program that will appeal to those who are looking to transfer credits over to a four-year university. There are also several workforce development courses at this school that train professionals in various career-focused programs.

The practical nursing program at MWCC awards a diploma and allows students to pursue a path as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The nursing degree path will award students with an associate degree and prepare them for careers as registered nurses (RN). There is also an LPN to ADN bridge option for students who have LPN license. Nursing students will have clinical experiences off-site, as well as many classroom experiences. This nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students3,854
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate54%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 14 87
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 4 43
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 89.2%
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1977 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
02/01/2009 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$212/credit
In State Students$212/credit
Out of State Students$417/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,540 $9,540 $18,765
ADN 70 $14,840 $14,840 $29,190
BSN 125 $26,500 $26,500 $52,125
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of Mount Wachusett Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 53% $4,712
Other Federal Grant 14% $305
State Grant & Scholarships 61% $1,169
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 36% $913
Federal Student Loans 33% $3,728
Private Loans 1% $6,074


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,135
$30,001 to $48,000$6,653
$48,001 to $75,000$8,366
$75,001 to $110,000$11,066
Over $110,000$12,646

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green St
Gardner, MA 01440

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