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Massachusetts offers some of the most coveted degrees in healthcare training, including many high-quality associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs. Covering only two years of training and practice, ADN programs offer tremendous opportunities to prospective registered nurses at a very reasonable cost.

Summary of the associate’s degree program
One of the most popular options for prospective registered nurses, the ADN program offers many immediate advantages for aspiring students, including affordability and practicality. Available at most universities, community colleges, and technical institutes, the ADN program features two years of intensive training with first-hand experience, which quickly equips candidates with the necessary skills to practice upon graduation.

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All ADN programs focus on initial registered nursing licensure, enabling students to achieve this license much more quickly than candidates pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The shorter length also makes ADN programs more affordable, opening healthcare education to a wider range of prospective students. Many colleges offer evening classes to accommodate students’ schedules, greatly enhancing the flexibility of the program. Nurses also receive hospital training at cooperating local hospitals and are eligible for clinical rotations.

Career outlook
After two years of training, ADN students can choose to enter the nursing workforce. At some schools, registered nurses with an ADN degree may instead enroll in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program if they wish to pursue further education. Two of the top ADN programs in Massachusetts are offered at Quincy College and Holyoke Community College, with 90% of their graduates passing the national licensure exam on the first attempt. Registered nursing is the most common occupation in the healthcare industry, with nearly 80,000 nurses employed in Massachusetts earning approximately $80,000 per year.

Begin your ADN program in Massachusetts today with our below list of local healthcare schools and training institutes.

Featured Schools

Boston metro area

Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Shore Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Quincy College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Roxbury Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northern Essex Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Massasoit Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bunker Hill Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Laboure College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Middlesex Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bay State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2012
North Shore Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
Quincy College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
Roxbury Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2008 to 2012
Northern Essex Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
Massasoit Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2012
Bunker Hill Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2008 to 2012
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2012
Laboure College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2012
Middlesex Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2008 to 2012
Bay State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 53.6% 2012 to 2012

Springfield

Springfield Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Holyoke Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Springfield Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2012
Holyoke Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2008 to 2012

Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Becker College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Quinsigamond Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2008 to 2012
Becker College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2012
Mount Wachusett Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2012

Other Massachusetts cities

Bristol Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Greenfield Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cape Cod Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Berkshire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bristol Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2008 to 2012
Greenfield Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2012
Cape Cod Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2012
Berkshire Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012