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The nursing sector in Massachusetts is large and diverse, with a wide variety of roles. The state is home to over 140,000 certified nurses. Registered nurses (RNs) are the largest component of this workforce, numbering almost 80,000. Massachusetts also hosts 40,000 nursing assistants, 17,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and a select handful of ~5,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in critical specializations like nurse practitioner, midwife, and anethetist.

Each nursing role has its own education path. In Massachusetts, there are a broad range of nursing education programs available at a diverse selection of schools. The state has almost 40 public institutions including large state universities like University of Massachusetts, which offers nursing programs at each of its five campuses. Massachusetts is also home to about 20 private nursing schools which run the gamut from short certificate programs to extensive graduate education.

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Of course, each type of institution has its own merits. Large public universities typically offer lower tuition and fees while promising a greater pool of students with which to interact and learn. Private colleges offer more favorable student-faculty ratios. Medical Professional Institute is one such private college, with a student-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Aspiring nurses in Massachusetts truly have no lack of choice for pursuing their education. To help organize the options, we’ve listed below the best nursing schools in Massachusetts, ordered from the largest nursing program to the smallest.

Featured Schools

Boston metro area

University of Massachusetts Boston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 197 students during the 2012 period
Salem State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 190 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 9 students during the 2012 period
Simmons University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 146 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 47 students during the 2012 period
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 123 students during the 2012 period
Laboure College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Quincy College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 114 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Bunker Hill Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Boston College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 39 students during the 2012 period
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97 students during the 2012 period
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 95 students during the 2012 period
Curry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
Massasoit Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92 students during the 2012 period
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 79 students during the 2012 period
MCPHS University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
Northeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 24 students during the 2012 period
Middlesex Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Greater Lowell Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Medical Professional Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
North Shore Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Regis College
Direct Entry MSN: 47 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Northern Essex Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Endicott College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Bay State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Roxbury Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Massachusetts Boston Bachelor of Science in Nursing 197 students
Salem State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 190 students
Direct Entry MSN 9 students
Simmons University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 146 students
Direct Entry MSN 47 students
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College Associate's Degree in Nursing 123 students
Laboure College Associate's Degree in Nursing 119 students
Quincy College Associate's Degree in Nursing 114 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 74 students
Bunker Hill Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 108 students
Boston College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100 students
Direct Entry MSN 39 students
University of Massachusetts Lowell Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97 students
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 95 students
Curry College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94 students
Massasoit Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92 students
MGH Institute of Health Professions Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92 students
Direct Entry MSN 79 students
MCPHS University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86 students
Northeastern University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81 students
Direct Entry MSN 24 students
Middlesex Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 73 students
Greater Lowell Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 65 students
Medical Professional Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 63 students
North Shore Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 58 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
Massachusetts Bay Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 57 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 48 students
Regis College Direct Entry MSN 47 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 46 students
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
Northern Essex Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 37 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Endicott College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 30 students
Bay State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Roxbury Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 27 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students

Springfield

Springfield Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84 students during the 2012 period
American International College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
College of Our Lady of the Elms
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Holyoke Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Springfield Technical Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84 students
American International College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69 students
University of Massachusetts Amherst Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59 students
College of Our Lady of the Elms Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students
Holyoke Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 46 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students

Worcester

Mount Wachusett Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 139 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Quinsigamond Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 112 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
MCPHS University - Worcester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
Fitchburg State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Becker College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period
Worcester State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Direct Entry MSN: 32 students during the 2012 period
Monty Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Mount Wachusett Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 139 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Quinsigamond Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 112 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 59 students
MCPHS University - Worcester Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69 students
Fitchburg State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59 students
Becker College Associate's Degree in Nursing 52 students
Worcester State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 41 students
University of Massachusetts Medical School Direct Entry MSN 32 students
Monty Tech Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students

Other Massachusetts cities

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 104 students during the 2012 period
Cape Cod Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81 students during the 2012 period
Bristol Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Diman Regional Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Berkshire Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Greenfield Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Charles H McCann Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Bachelor of Science in Nursing 104 students
Cape Cod Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 81 students
Bristol Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 65 students
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 57 students
Diman Regional Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 55 students
Southeastern Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 51 students
Berkshire Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 49 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Greenfield Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 43 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
Charles H McCann Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students