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The role of a professional nurse in Massachusetts is reliant on dedication of being a lifelong learner and the ability to apply what you learn to your career. The field of nursing is a distinct field that requires technical knowledge along with a comprehensive approach to nursing research. There are many traits that can be learned through experience on the job. However, this is not the only way information can be obtained. There are other ways to expand your knowledge and strengthen your skills as a nurse. The best way this can be accomplished is by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

9th Annual Massachusetts RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Massachusetts and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 20 ADN degree programs and 22 BSN degree programs in Massachusetts. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Massachusetts to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

RN Programs in Massachusetts

Best ADN Programs in Massachusetts

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Bunker Hill Community College

96.07% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA - 02129-2925
  • (617) 228-2000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.07%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 142
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,280
  • Book and Supplies: $2,016
  • Percent Received Aid: 72%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,148
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 15%

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts’ largest community college. This multi-campus college has two main campuses in Chelsea and Charlestown and three satellite campuses. BHCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The BHCC has a foundation established in 1986 which aims to support students in availing an affordable post-secondary education. Its Nurse Education Department is housed by the Division of Health Science.

Associate Degree Program - This Associate Degree Program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and for their role as registered nurses. It has 39 credits inclusive of nursing theory, lab, and clinical practice in various health care facilities. A Day Program and Alternative Program is available. The former has twice a week face-to-face meeting for class time, while the alternative program has only one face-to-face class per week and another one meeting for on-line session done either in synchronous or asynchronous format. Both options include once a week on campus laboratory meetings and clinical with 7 to 24 hours per week. The said clinicals can be conducted either day, evening or weekend. A grade of 78 or better should be earned in all NUR courses. Inability to meet either the grade requirement or clinical objective in the NUR course will result in course failure. Admission requirements include attendance to the mandatory Virtual Nursing information session, and a grade of C or better in the College level Writing I.

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

Bay State College

School of Nursing

94.59% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 31 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA - 02116
  • (617) 217-9000
Nurse Admin: Jennifer Verstrekem, MBA/MHCA, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CEN
Title: Chief Nurse Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.59%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 16
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,000
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 80%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,756
  • Percent Admitted: 34%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 19%
  • Graduation Rate: 18%

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

North Shore Community College

93.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA - 01923-0840
  • (978) 762-4000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 120
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,352
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 72%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,226
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 25%

Located in Danvers, North Shore Community College (NSCC) is a non-profit, two-year institution of higher education. This public community college provides affordable pathways to higher education. It is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

NSCC RN to Salem State University BSN - This Associate in Science program is designed for matriculation to Salem State University (SSU). Students complete the Nurse Education Program and NSCC and are eligible for transfer to SSU to earn a BSN degree. Up to 30 upper-level nursing credits are transferable.

Associate in Science Nursing Program - This program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by ACEN with a Continuing Accreditation as the most recent decision. The program is offered in two options—the LPN to RN and the Nurse Education option. The LPN to RN option is designed for LPNS who graduated from a Practical School of Nursing. It is a full-time day program.

Practical Nursing Certificate - This 10-month practical nursing certificate program prepares students for the National Council Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). It also equips students with the needed education for their roles as LPNs. Similar to the ASN program, it is also ACEN-accredited and Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing- approved.

Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certification Training - This training program provides dual certification as a Home Health Aide and Nurse Assistant. The program includes on-campus classroom hours and nursing home clinical experiences. Moreover, students who would like to enroll in the Health Care Technician certificate can use this certificate for credit.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

92.37% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA - 02155
  • (781) 306-6600
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.37%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 37
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,150
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $687,052
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing is located in Medford, Massachusetts.  This college is devoted entirely to health sciences - nursing and radiography.  LMH has graduated over 1,800 ASN RN's over the past 75 years; since its inception, it was originally a diploma program and became a degree program in 1998.

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Middlesex Community College

92.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 591 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA - 01730-9124
  • (978) 656-3370
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 110
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,048
  • Book and Supplies: $1,100
  • Percent Received Aid: 79%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,852
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 20%

With campuses in Bedford and Lowell, Middlesex Community College (MCC) is a public educational institution. It is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. With an average class size of 18. MCC provides affordable education preparing a diverse community for lifelong learning.

Associate in Science - MCC’s Associate in Science is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by ACEN. Designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, this program is available in two options—Day and Evening/Weekend. The Day option at the Lowell Campus starts in Spring or Fall Semester. Program admission follows a rolling basis with no deadline for admission. Moreover, an Advanced Placement is offered for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), allowing them to request credit for prior learning and transfer it to the ASN degree. Two options are offered, the Option I for all LPNs which requires completion of certain courses prior to admission, and the Option II for LPN program graduates in institutions with an articulation agreement with MCC.

Nursing Assistant Certificate - Designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as home-health aides or nursing assistance, this Nursing Assistant Certificate Program utilizes a blend of theory and practice instruction.  As of Fall 2019, prior to enrolling in this certificate program, students need to complete a 100-hour noncredit Nurse Assistant / Home Health Aide Certificate.

Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate - Students who complete this program are eligible to take the Massachusetts nurse assistant certification exam. The certificate program includes weekend clinical training of 24 hours conducted at a local long-term care facility.

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

Greenfield Community College

92.22% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One College Dr, Greenfield, MA - 01301-9739
  • (413) 775-1000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.22%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 46
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,642
  • Book and Supplies: $1,650
  • Percent Received Aid: 68%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,641
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Greenfield Community College is located in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Greenfield Community College has been offering their ADN nursing degree since 1963 - and are proud to boast that they are the first community college-based ADN in Massachusetts!

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

Quinsigamond Community College

92.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA - 01606-2092
  • (508) 853-2300
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 133
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,830
  • Book and Supplies: $960
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,949
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 22%

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is a public educational institution with campuses in Worcester, Marlborough and Southbridge. QCC’s Nurse Education Program is MABORN-approved and ACEN-accredited. The Nursing Education Department places emphasis on active, creative and interactive learning process, with a simple to complex education progression. The three domains of learning—cognitive, psychomotor, and affective are also given opportunities for development. Upon obtaining a license, QCC graduates of its Associate Degree or Practical Nursing programs can work in Massachusetts; however, some states do not accept a Massachusetts license.

Nurse Education - Advanced Placement LPN - Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are eligible for advanced placement into the evening associate degree program through this Nurse Education- Advanced Placement LPN program. Hence, this allows them to transition from an LPN career to the roles as a registered nurse (RN). Program completers are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and/or pursue further study at four-universities and colleges.

Nurse Education - Advanced Placement Paramedic - This Advanced Placement Paramedic Program has similar features as the Advanced Placement LPN, only that this is designed for paramedics. This can be completed at the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center at QCC Worcester. Program completers can also sit in the NCLEX-RN exam and/or pursue further study.

Nurse Education - Designed to prepare students for RN roles, graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. They can also pursue further studies at any four-year colleges and universities. An evening associate degree program is also available.

#8 Associate Degree in Nursing

Bristol Community College

91.26% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA - 02720-7395
  • (774) 357-2811
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.26%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 118
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,208
  • Book and Supplies: $2,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 81%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,461
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 19%

Bristol Community College is located in Fall River, MA. They offer a two-year ACEN accredited ADN program that has two different curriculum delivery options. Students can opt for a traditional education experience through face to face classroom learning, or they have the EHealth option, which is a hybrid model that combines face to face classroom learning with online components.

The traditional program does use a flipped classroom approach, which entails that students will learn the class material beforehand through online lectures and/or readings, and classroom time is used to deepen that knowledge through discussion. Students will have various options for clinical experiences in both Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. BCC's program takes a competency-focused approach to nursing education, and strives to prepare nurses who can meet and exceed their community needs.

Accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc., Bristol Community College has campuses in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton. With emphasis on one-on-one advising and tutoring, the college has smaller class sizes.

Associate in Science in Nursing - Designed to prepare students for the role of entry-level staff nurse in various health care settings, this program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. It is also ACEN-accredited with a Continuing Accreditation as the most recent accreditation. The curriculum places emphasis on active learning and flipped learning pedagogical approach. Two modes of delivery are available-- through traditional face-to-face classroom learning, and through eHealth, a hybrid model with online classroom instruction. Clinical assignments are included in both delivery options. Graduates are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.  

RN to BSN Programs - Students at Bristol can have a seamless transition to a bachelor’s degree through the college’s various transfer agreements across the country.  Bristol has also gained two partnerships with leading nursing programs. The Emmanuel College Bachelor of Science in Nursing / Dual Admissions offers an online learning format with a BSN degree earned in just 16 months. Up to 96 transfer credits are available inclusive of the 40 credits from the associate degree in nursing. The Fitchburg State Guaranteed Admission Nursing Program allows RN-to-BSN option for students who graduated from Bristol’s nursing program and passed the NCLEX-RN exam. Meanwhile, a preferred tuition rate is offered to Bristol’s nursing students because of the college’s agreement with Salve Regina University.

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

Cape Cod Community College

91.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA - 02668-1599
  • (774) 330-4022
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 65
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,352
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 78%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,801
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 16%

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

Holyoke Community College

91.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA - 01040
  • (413) 552-2000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 115
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,378
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,686
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 23%

Named after its location, Holyoke Community College (HCC) is a two-year educational institution. HCC’s nursing programs equip its students for nursing care in all health aspects. The Center for Health Education (CHE) has simulation suites which not only have medical equipment, but with human patient simulators as well. Moreover, classrooms are equipped with multimedia, allowing hands-on experiences for its students. The curriculum consists of a blend of technical and liberal education taught in a community-centered approach.

Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program - This two-year Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MA-BORN) and accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) with Continuing Accreditation as the most recent decision. It prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Practical Nurse (PN) Certificate Program - Similar to the ASN program this PN certificate program is also MA-BORN-approved and ACEN-accredited. Graduates of this 40-week program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

Advanced Placement LPN to RN ASN Program - With this Advanced Placement LPN2RN ASN Program, LPNs are considered for an advance placement into the ASN Program at HCC. This is a one-year program and program criteria has to be met to be considered for admission.

Education Mobility 1 + 1 ASN Program - This Education Mobility program allows graduates of the one-year PN to be eligible for consideration for the third semester of the ASN program. Requirements include graduation from the HCC PN program, an LPN license, and LPN employment for 6 months or more.

#10 Associate Degree in Nursing

Massasoit Community College

89.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, MA - 02302-3996
  • (508) 588-9100
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 109
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,160
  • Book and Supplies: $1,440
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,131
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Massasoit Community College is located in Brockton, Massachusetts.  They offer a "nurse education" program, which is an associate's degree program and an LPN to Advanced program, which is also an associate's degree program, both preparing the student for a career as an RN.

#11 Associate Degree in Nursing

Springfield Technical Community College

88.85% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA - 01105-1296
  • (413) 781-7822
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.85%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 118
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,520
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,619
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 24%

#12 Associate Degree in Nursing

Roxbury Community College

88.04% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA - 02120-3400
  • (617) 427-0060
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.04%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 39
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,784
  • Book and Supplies: $2,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,182
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

#13 Associate Degree in Nursing

Berkshire Community College

86.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA - 01201-5786
  • (413) 499-4660
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 61
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,492
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 84%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,210
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 21%

Best BSN Programs in Massachusetts

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Simmons College

School of Nursing

98.41% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA - 02115-5898
  • (617) 521-2000
Nurse Admin: Lepaine Sharp McHenry, DNP, RN, FACDONA
Title: Dean,college Of Natural, Behavioral And Health Sciences
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.41%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 224
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,280
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $28,630
  • Percent Admitted: 83%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 19%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Worcester State College (WSU)

Department of Nursing

94.44% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA - 01602-2597
  • (508) 929-8000
Nurse Admin: Catherine S. Thomas, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.44%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 203
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $10,586
  • Book and Supplies: $1,368
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,371
  • Percent Admitted: 81%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 25%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Endicott College

School of Nursing

93.81% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA - 01915
  • (978) 927-0585
Nurse Admin: Amy Smith, DNP, MSN, CNM, RN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.81%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 115
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,225
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $15,639
  • Percent Admitted: 70%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 21%
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing

92.78% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA - 01854-5104
  • (978) 934-4000
Nurse Admin: Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD7 RN7 WHNP-BC
Title: Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.78%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 666
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $15,698
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 91%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $9,108
  • Percent Admitted: 75%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 21%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Boston College

William R Connell School of Nursing

92.44% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA - 02467
  • (617) 552-8000
Nurse Admin: Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN, FAAN
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.44%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Accelerated MSN, Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1109
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,250
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 56%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $43,028
  • Percent Admitted: 26%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 31%
  • Graduation Rate: 92%

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Regis College

Regis College

91.15% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA - 02493-1571
  • (781) 768-7000
Nurse Admin: Sharon Higgins, DNP, NP-c, ONC, WCC
Title: Interim Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.15%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Associate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 124
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,100
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $23,979
  • Percent Admitted: 84%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 9%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College

90.04% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA - 01612-1198
  • (508) 849-3300
Nurse Admin: Linda Esper, EdD, MSN, MBA, RN
Title: Dean of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.04%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 42
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,000
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $23,794
  • Percent Admitted: 86%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 10%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Northeastern University

School of Nursing

88.85% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA - 02115
  • (617) 373-2000
Nurse Admin: Amanda Choflet, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Title: Interim Deam School of Nursing and Associate Clinical Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.85%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Accelerated MSN, Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 128
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,747,734
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Westfield State University

Department of Nursing

88.48% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA - 01086-1630
  • (413) 572-5300
Nurse Admin: Jessica Holdem, DNP, RN-BC
Title: Executive Director of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.48%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 226
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $11,139
  • Book and Supplies: $1,070
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,057
  • Percent Admitted: 92%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 22%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%

#10 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

School of Nursing

88.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 179 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA - 02115-5896
  • (617) 732-2800
Nurse Admin: Tammy L. Gravel, EdD, MS, RN
Title: Interim Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.33%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 298
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,334
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $11,248
  • Percent Admitted: 91%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 16%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%

#11 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Becker College

88.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 61 Sever St, Worcester, MA - 01609-2165
  • 8775232537
Nurse Admin: ,
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
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#12 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Elaine Marieb College of Nursing

87.56% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA - 01003
  • (413) 545-0111
Nurse Admin: Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, FAAN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.56%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1727
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $16,439
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $10,126
  • Percent Admitted: 65%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 19%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%

#13 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fitchburg State University

Department of Nursing

86.89% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA - 01420-2697
  • (978) 345-2151
Nurse Admin: Deborah A Benes, PhD, RN, PNP-R
Title: Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.89%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 200
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $10,830
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,516
  • Percent Admitted: 88%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 25%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

Overview of Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

  • There are 44 nursing schools in Massachusetts. The CCNE accredits 25 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 32 schools in Massachusetts.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Massachusetts is between 60.37% and 96.40%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Massachusetts is between 72.52% and 98.41%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Massachusetts can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

Nursing Programs Offered by Massachusetts Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 39
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 10
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 7
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 5
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • CNL: 2
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Administration, Research or Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1

Massachusetts RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 20 24
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 87.49% 87.16%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 60.37% to 96.40% 72.52% to 98.41%

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Nurse Practitioner Programs in Massachusetts

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Become an APRN in Massachusetts

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

RN Licensing Requirements in Massachusetts

Comprehensive guide to Massachusetts Nursing License Requirements Renewals RN and APRN

Nursing Salaries in Massachusetts

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More of the Best Nursing Programs in Massachusetts

Grade
University
Massachusetts Rank
Degree
84.22 Mount Wachusett Community College 15 ADN
81.70 Regis College 16 ADN
77.26 Northern Essex Community College 17 ADN
60.37 Quincy College 18 ADN
83.44 Curry College 17 BSN
79.78 Salem State University 18 BSN
73.78 American International College 19 BSN
72.52 Laboure College 20 BSN

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