Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts is home to 65 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 50 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Massachusetts.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

Listed below are all nursing schools in Massachusetts. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 65 nursing schools in the state of Massachusetts. And according to our database 1 schools have been closed permanently.

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Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$15,603

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,361

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Simmons College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.5%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$29,781

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$27,167

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

Worcester, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • Accelerated MSN
  • ADN
  • BSN

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate92.3%
Cost per annum$11,576

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Becker College

Worcester, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate92.2%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$30,485

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$15,593

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Curry College

Milton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate89.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$30,581

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Bristol Community College

Fall River, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,251

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$29,998

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
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing

Brockton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,237

Programs offered

  • Diploma
  • ADN
  • BSN

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,898

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Boston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate88.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

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
  • Accelerated BSN

Regis College

Weston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate87.8%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$27,777

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
  • Accelerated BSN

Mount Wachusett Community College

Gardner, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate88.0%
Cost per annum$7,638

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Middlesex Community College

Bedford, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$4,288

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

American International College

Springfield, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate87.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,362

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

North Shore Community College

Danvers, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate90.3%
Cost per annum$7,657

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate89.0%
Cost per annum$7,215

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate85.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$34,509

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,093

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate81.3%
Cost per annum$8,578

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

Medford, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Greenfield Community College

Greenfield, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate94.0%
Cost per annum$11,271

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate83.0%
Cost per annum$7,311

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate83.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,846

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

Northern Essex Community College

Haverhill, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate82.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate96.7%
Cost per annum$8,674

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate82.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$28,050

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

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

Massasoit Community College

Brockton, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,639

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Springfield Technical Community College

Springfield, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,243

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Bay State College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$31,057

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Lowell, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate80.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,348

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Cape Cod Community College

West Barnstable, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate80.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,841

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

MCPHS University

Boston, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate80.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$37,422

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
  • Accelerated BSN

Bunker Hill Community College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate78.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate76.0%
Cost per annum$6,710

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN

Salem State University

Salem, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate76.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,556

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Crossing, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate67.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate74.3%
Cost per annum$6,444

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Laboure College

Milton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate67.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Quincy College

Quincy, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate61.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate62.3%
Cost per annum$12,615

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Greater Lowell Technical School

Tyngsboro, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate96.7%
Cost per annum$13,555

Programs offered

  • LPN

Blue Hills Regional Technical School

Canton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate94.3%
Cost per annum$16,325

Programs offered

  • LPN

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

Bourne, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate94.0%
Cost per annum$18,618

Programs offered

  • LPN

Assabet Valley Regional Technical School

Marlborough, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate92.3%
Cost per annum$15,076

Programs offered

  • LPN

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District

Upton, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate90.0%
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Mildred Elley-Pittsfield Campus

Pittsfield, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate88.3%
Cost per annum$19,739

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School

Franklin, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate88.0%
Cost per annum$12,576

Programs offered

  • LPN

Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing

Billerica, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate87.7%
Cost per annum$14,794

Programs offered

  • LPN

Diman Regional Technical Institute

Fall River, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate85.3%
Cost per annum$22,584

Programs offered

  • LPN

Charles H McCann Technical School

North Adams, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate74.0%
Cost per annum$7,680

Programs offered

  • LPN

Emmanuel College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$31,891

Programs offered

  • BSN

Framingham State University

Framingham, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,039

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Medical Professional Institute

Malden, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston, MA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,966

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

Boston University

Boston, MA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$31,539

Programs offered

Emerson College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$39,263

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN

Fisher College

Boston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$26,224

Programs offered

  • BSN

Salter College-West Boylston

West Boylston, MA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,870

Programs offered

  • LPN

Soldier's Home in Massachusetts

Chelsea, MA
Campus size
College Type
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Massasoit Community College - Canton. MA

Canton, MA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN

Middlesex Community College - Lowell

Lowell, MA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School

Charlton, MA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Taunton, MA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School

Fitchburg, MA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School

South Easton, MA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

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