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There are many benefits to attending public school, especially for students partial to staying within their local state or county. Chief among these is that public school students enjoy lower tuition due to funding from the state government. In Massachusetts alone, there are over 35 public schools from which aspiring nurses can choose. This number includes vocational, career, and community colleges, as well as state universities such as University of Massachusetts (five campuses), Westfield State University, and Worcester State University.

The duration of nursing study will vary from program to program, depending upon the level of qualification a student seeks to obtain. Vocational, career, and community colleges specialize in shorter programs, including a 12- to 18-month certificate in licensed practical nursing and a two- to three-year associate’s degree in registered nursing. State universities provide an excellent route for baccalaureate and graduate-level nursing education.

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With the nursing sector in a job opportunity boom across the state of Massachusetts, prolific employers like Tenet Health and Genesis Healthcare provide immediate employment options for nursing graduates. In addition, healthcare staffing companies such as Favorite Healthcare Staffing provide a range of employment options including per diem, contract, travel, temp-to-perm, and permanent positions.

Those looking to start their nursing careers at a public school need search no further. We’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of public nursing schools in Massachusetts.

Featured Schools

Boston metro area

Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bunker Hill Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Framingham State University
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Greater Lowell Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massasoit Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Shore Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Essex Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Quincy College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Roxbury Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salem State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Marlborough
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Canton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bunker Hill Community College Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Framingham State University Framingham
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Greater Lowell Technical School Tyngsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massasoit Community College Brockton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex Community College Bedford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Shore Community College Danvers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Quincy College Quincy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Roxbury Community College Roxbury Crossing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salem State University Salem
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Billerica
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston Boston
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Springfield

Holyoke Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Springfield Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Westfield State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Holyoke Community College Holyoke
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Westfield State University Westfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Worcester

Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fitchburg State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Monty Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Quinsigamond Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy Charlton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Upton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Monty Tech Fitchburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University Worcester
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Massachusetts cities

Berkshire Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bristol Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cape Cod Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Charles H McCann Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Diman Regional Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greenfield Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeastern Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Berkshire Community College Pittsfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bristol Community College Fall River
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Taunton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Charles H McCann Technical School North Adams
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Diman Regional Technical Institute Fall River
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greenfield Community College Greenfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeastern Technical Institute South Easton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Bourne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing