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For Massachusetts’ aspiring nurses, the state’s licensed practical nursing (LPN) education programs are some of the most viable entry options. These programs provide prospective nursing students with affordable study plans, favorable career opportunities, and valuable nursing background that can help further advancement in the medical field.

Licensed practical nursing
As generalists who can work in any healthcare area, licensed practical nurses are among the most important personnel in the healthcare service industry. After 12 to 18 months of intensive training followed by a national examination, licensed practical nurses are eligible for many nursing roles without undergoing the more rigorous program required of registered nurses. Common jobs include basic bedside care, administering medications, and performing measurements. In some cases, licensed practical nurses are also authorized to supervise nursing assistants or other practical nurses in training. Licensed practical nurses can quite easily advance to charge nurses or pursue further education to become full-time registered nurses. This flexibility provides LPNs with more career opportunities.

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Best licensed practical nursing programs in Massachusetts
Future healthcare practitioners can consider a variety of practical nursing programs. Most community colleges and technical institutes offer one- to two-year certificate programs. Some of the most prestigious certificates are awarded by Medical Professional Institute, Quincy College, and Southeastern Technical Institute, which incorporate nursing theory with intensive lab training and small clinical group practice. Students may opt to seek employment at a local hospital, nursing home, or healthcare provider upon graduation.

Career outlook
Employment for licensed practical nurses is estimated to grow by 21% between 2008 and 2018, due to the nursing shortage in many healthcare facilities. Over 17,000 licensed practical nurses are under employment in Massachusetts with an average annual income of $53,000, almost twice that of a typical nursing assistant. Tenet Healthcare is one of the most prominent local employers: practical nurses will have the opportunity to work in its 80 hospitals and over 200 outpatient centers, while enjoying many employment privileges.

If you’re ready to launch your Massachusetts LPN career, peruse the list of local schools and programs that we’ve organized below by city.

Featured Schools

Boston metro area

Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northern Essex Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Greater Lowell Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Quincy College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Roxbury Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Medical Professional Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bunker Hill Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.4% 2008 to 2012
North Shore Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2012
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Northern Essex Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Greater Lowell Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2012
Quincy College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2008 to 2012
Roxbury Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.8% 2008 to 2012
Medical Professional Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 72.2% 2009 to 2012
Bunker Hill Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Springfield

Holyoke Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Holyoke Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012

Worcester

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Monty Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Quinsigamond Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to 2012
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.3% 2010 to 2012
Monty Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2012
Quinsigamond Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2012
Mount Wachusett Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012

Other Massachusetts cities

Southeastern Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Charles H McCann Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Diman Regional Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Berkshire Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Greenfield Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mildred Elley - Pittsfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southeastern Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2008 to 2012
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.8% 2008 to 2012
Charles H McCann Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Diman Regional Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2012
Berkshire Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Greenfield Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2012
Mildred Elley - Pittsfield
Certificate in Practical Nursing