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Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs provide healthcare practitioners with one of the most sought-after medical degrees. Registered nursing candidates in Massachusetts can benefit from the variety of programs available, all of which include extensive medical training, versatile skill development, and the teaching of practical healthcare procedures.

Overview of BSN programs
Comprising four intensive years of training, BSN programs provide students with a broad range of nursing and nursing-related education. Specific courses include nursing theory, informatics, and research, enabling nurses to effectively employ their skills in future practice.

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BSN programs are available both for new students who wish to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exams and for practicing nurses who have already obtained their licenses through other programs. Degrees earned through BSN programs are in increasing demand because of their applicability in many administrative positions. Students who complete BSN programs are also more prepared for further advancement and pursuit of higher degrees, including a master’s degree for teaching or a Ph.D. for special nursing research.

Top nursing programs and career outlook
Various BSN programs are offered in Massachusetts, with some of the most acclaimed degrees provided by Boston College and Northeastern University. BSN graduates have a promising career outlook; according to the Department of Labor, registered nurses will have the second-largest job growth through 2022, with approximately 527,000 positions added. Registered nurses with at least a BSN degree will have the best chance at job opportunities, earning up to $100,000 annually.

If you are interested in a Massachusetts BSN program, please refer to the list of local schools and training programs that we have prepared below.

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Boston metro area

Boston College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Northeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Simmons University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Endicott College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Curry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Regis College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bay State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emmanuel College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fisher College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Framingham State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Laboure College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Merrimack College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Boston College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2018
Northeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 85.7% 2016 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Simmons University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Endicott College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Curry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.0% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Regis College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.3% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.1% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bay State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emmanuel College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fisher College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Framingham State University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Laboure College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Merrimack College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Springfield

Westfield State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American International College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Westfield State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.0% 2014 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American International College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Our Lady of the Elms
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.8% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Worcester

Fitchburg State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Becker College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Anna Maria College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Assumption University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fitchburg State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.1% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2009 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 92.1% 2009 to 2018
Becker College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2016 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Anna Maria College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.5% 2015 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Assumption University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Massachusetts cities

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.0% 2018 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion