Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

There are 65 nursing schools in Massachusetts. This year, we evaluated 44 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Middlesex Community College
Bedford, MA
Middlesex Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,264

Middlesex Community College (MCC) is located in Bedford, Massachusetts. This public community college was established in 1970. It serves over 9,000 students currently and is among the largest community colleges in all of Massachusetts. MCC offers students well over 50 associate degree programs ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA
Bristol Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,450

Bristol Community College (BCC) is located in Fall River, Massachusetts. This two-year community college was established in December of 1965. This is a very large community college that serves many students throughout the area. BCC offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs. There are ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA
Bunker Hill Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,012
NCLEX-RN Pass rate77.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate74.3%

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is located in Boston, Massachusetts. This two-year community college actually has multiple campuses across the Boston area, giving students many convenient locations to further their educations. The school was established back in 1973, and it serves more ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN
  • CNA
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Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, MA
Mount Wachusett Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,693
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate89.2%

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 ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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North Shore Community College
Danvers, MA
North Shore Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,679
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate89.4%

North Shore Community College (NSCC) is located in Danvers, Massachusetts. This public community college was established in 1965. This is a large school that serves over 16,000 students and it has a number of different programs for students to pursue. There are more than 80 associate degree and ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN - closed in 2019
  • BSN
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Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA
Holyoke Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,979
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate81.0%

Holyoke Community College (HCC) is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This public community college was established back in 1946. This school even has the distinction of being the first community college in all of Massachusetts. It has been serving the needs of the community for many decades ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA
Quinsigamond Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,790
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate90.2%

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. QCC was established in 1963 and it serves more than 8,000 students. The school is completely accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). QCC has more than 60 different associate degree ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Cape Cod Community College
West Barnstable, MA
Cape Cod Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,563

Cape Cod Community College (Four Cs) is located in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. This school was established in 1961, and it serves many students every single year. Four Cs has both credit and non-credit programs that students will be able to pursue. There are a variety of different associate ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Massasoit Community College
Brockton, MA
Massasoit Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,853

Massasoit Community College (MCC) is located in Brockton, Massachusetts. MCC was established in 1966, and it currently serves over 7,000 students. The school has several associate degree programs for students to consider. There are many different areas of study, and the school also has many ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Crossing, MA
Roxbury Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,129
NCLEX-RN Pass rate72.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate77.6%

Roxbury Community College (RCC) is located in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts. RCC was established in 1973 and it serves more than 2,000 students. This school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It offers students several associate degree programs and ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA
Springfield Technical Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,279

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. STCC was established back in 1967. This school has a Latin motto that translates to “today we are preparing to act tomorrow.” This school is all about preparing the next generation to become the ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, MA
Northern Essex Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,023
NCLEX-RN Pass rate83.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.3%

Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is located in Haverville, Massachusetts. This community college is part of the Massachusetts Higher Education System and it serves more than 9,000 students. It offers students many flexible academic options, allowing them to pursue more than 70 associate ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Berkshire Community College
Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,448
NCLEX-RN Pass rate83.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate82.7%

Berkshire Community College is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. BCC was established back in 1960, and it now serves over 3,000 students. The school motto of “start here, go anywhere” rings very true with the variety of transfer opportunities that are available to students. ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Massachusetts Bay Community College
Wellesley Hills, MA
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,787
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.7%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA
Greenfield Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,833
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.9%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA
Fitchburg State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,649

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • RN to MSN
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Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
Worcester State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,256

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • ADN
  • RN to MSN
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Westfield State University
Westfield, MA
Westfield State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,967

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
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Quincy College
Quincy, MA
Quincy College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$13,848
NCLEX-RN Pass rate59.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate62.8%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$18,184

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • PhD
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Salem State University
Salem, MA
Salem State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,970

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN
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University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Lowell, MA
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$18,375

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
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American International College
Springfield, MA
American International College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,800

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$21,281

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a public university with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also part of the University of Massachusetts System, along with five other campuses. The university was founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College. By 1867, ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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College of Our Lady of the Elms
Chicopee, MA
College of Our Lady of the Elms
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,573

The College of Our Lady of the Elms is a private college in Chicopee, Massachusetts. This is a small college, with just over 500 students enrolled during the Fall 2016 semester. The student to faculty ratio is just 10:1. The college is also referred to as Elms College. It is a Catholic liberal ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Anna Maria College
Paxton, MA
Anna Maria College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,242

Anna Maria College is a private institution in Paxton, Massachusetts with a low 11:1 student to faculty ratio. The college is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Sisters of Saint Anne founded the college in 1946. The original campus was in Marlborough and then moved to its current ...

Programs offered

  • ADN - closed in 2012
  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$27,299

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Brockton, MA
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$26,062

Programs offered

  • Diploma
  • ADN
  • BSN
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Simmons College
Boston, MA
Simmons College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$29,690

Simmons College is a private college in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 1899 as a liberal arts college for women. The undergraduate programs remain centered on women. However, the graduate programs are co-ed. The college has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios. For every ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • PhD
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Regis College
Weston, MA
Regis College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$28,676

Regis College was founded in 1927 as a private institution. It is located in Weston, Massachusetts. It was originally founded as a women’s college and became co-educational in 2007, making it the last women’s college in Boston to start admitting male students. In recent years, the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Curry College
Milton, MA
Curry College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$30,565

Curry College is a private college in Milton, Massachusetts. The college was founded in 1879 as the School of Elocution and Expression. Alexander Graham Bell once served on the school board. The school became Curry College in 1943 in honor of the founders of the school. The original location of ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
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Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Northeastern University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$30,784

Northeastern University (NU) is a private university in Boston. It was established in 1808 as the Evening Institute for Younger Men and was housed in the Huntington Avenue YMCA in Boston. In 1916, the institute became Northeastern College. After the college began offering undergraduate and ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Becker College
Worcester, MA
Becker College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$33,344

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Bay State College
Boston, MA
Bay State College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$31,792

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Endicott College
Beverly, MA
Endicott College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$35,097

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
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MCPHS University
Boston, MA
MCPHS University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$38,708

MCPHS (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) University is a private university in Boston. It is in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of the city and specializes in programs designed to train students for medical careers, including nursing. The location inside the Longwood ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Greater Lowell Technical School
Tyngsboro, MA
Greater Lowell Technical School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,985
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.8%

Greater Lowell Technical School (GLTS) is located in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The technical school was established in 1967. It is a high school that also offers many educational opportunities for adults who are looking to further their career prospects. It offers a large number of technical ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Franklin, MA
Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,476
NCLEX-PN Pass rate87.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
Marlborough, MA
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,050
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Mildred Elley-Pittsfield Campus
Pittsfield, MA
Mildred Elley-Pittsfield Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$17,535
NCLEX-PN Pass rate90.9%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Bourne, MA
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$19,266
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.7%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing
Billerica, MA
Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$21,912
NCLEX-PN Pass rate88.0%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Diman Regional Technical Institute
Fall River, MA
Diman Regional Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$22,892
NCLEX-PN Pass rate85.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Canton, MA
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$32,395
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.1%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District
Upton, MA
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Charles H McCann Technical School
North Adams, MA
Charles H McCann Technical School
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Emmanuel College
Boston, MA
Emmanuel College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$31,448

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
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Framingham State University
Framingham, MA
Framingham State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$19,312

Programs offered

  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Laboure College
Milton, MA
Laboure College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Medford, MA
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, MA
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

MGH Institute of Health Professions is a privately-run institution in Boston, Massachusetts and is part of the Partners Health Care. It is a graduate university that was founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital. Some of the main areas of study include Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
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University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
Worcester, MA
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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University of Massachusetts-Boston
Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,991

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is a public university in Boston and part of the University of Massachusetts System that includes six campuses across the state. The university was founded in 1852 as Boston State College. A wide variety of programs are offered through the eleven schools ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Babson College
Wellesley, MA
Babson College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$29,847

Programs offered

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA
Bay Path University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,257

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • DNP
  • MSN
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Boston University
Boston, MA
Boston University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$33,728

Programs offered

  • MSN
  • RN to MSN
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Emerson College
Boston, MA
Emerson College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$42,070

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
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Fisher College
Boston, MA
Fisher College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,229

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Salter College-West Boylston
West Boylston, MA
Salter College-West Boylston
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,581

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Massasoit Community College - Canton. MA
Canton, MA
Massasoit Community College - Canton. MA

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
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Middlesex Community College - Lowell
Lowell, MA
Middlesex Community College - Lowell

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
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Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School
Charlton, MA
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
Taunton, MA
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Fitchburg, MA
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School
South Easton, MA
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

Medical Professional Institute (Closed in 2017)
LPN
Atlantic Union College (Closed in 2018)
ADN BSN

Massachusetts's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Massachusetts's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Massachusetts Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 82,870 23.488 $41 $84,700
Nurse Anesthetists 1,190 0.338 $87 $181,150
Nurse Midwives 290 0.083 $57 $119,540
Nurse Practitioners 6,280 1.781 $56 $116,760
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 16,680 4.728 $27 $56,570
Nursing Assistants 38,370 10.875 $15 $31,020
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey