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The term “nurse” is actually an umbrella term. It encompasses a broad range of nursing roles, from junior nursing assistants to senior nurse administrators and specialists. Aspiring nurses should familiarize themselves with the full breadth of options in order to make a well-informed choice of nursing career path.

Nursing assistant
After completing a brief certification process (typically six weeks to several months in length), nursing assistants are qualified to provide basic caregiving duties under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). In the Boston metro area, there are over 15,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

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Licensed practical nurse
LPNs are required to complete 12 to 18 months of study in a state-approved certificate course. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination, LPNs may work in a wide variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, doctor’s offices, and home care. LPNs in Boston typically earn $45,000 to $60,000 annually. Major employers in the market include Tenet Health and Genesis Healthcare.

Registered nurse
With over 40,000 registered nurses (RNs) in Boston, this role comprises the majority of the city’s nursing workforce. Most RNs in Massachusetts have earned either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). These two degree programs are offered at many Boston schools. For example, Simmons College has a well-regarded BSN program and also offers graduate-level pathways such as a master’s or doctor’s degree.

To help Boston’s aspiring nurses sort through the options, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs across this great city.

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Boston nursing schools by NCLEX score

Simmons University
300 The Fenway | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Nurse Anesthesia
  • DNP: US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
800 Randolph Street | Canton, Massachusetts 02021
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
147 Pond Street | Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
680 Centre Street | Brockton, Massachusetts 02302
  • Diploma in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue | Milton, Massachusetts 02186
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Quincy College
1250 Hancock Street | Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02129
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Avenue | Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts 02120
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Massasoit Community College
One Massasoit Boulevard | Brockton, Massachusetts 02302
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Massachusetts Bay Community College
50 Oakland Street | Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
MCPHS University
179 Longwood Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard | Boston, Massachusetts 02125
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02129
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Laboure College
2120 Dorchester Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02124
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bay State College
122 Commonwealth Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emmanuel College
400 Fenway | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fisher College
118 Beacon Street | Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Simmons University Direct Entry MSN 99.0% 2008 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northeastern University Direct Entry MSN 98.5% 2008 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Nurse Anesthesia
DNP: US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.4% 2008 to 2012
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 92.5% 2008 to 2012
Curry College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.9% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Quincy College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
MGH Institute of Health Professions Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2012
Direct Entry MSN 89.0% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Roxbury Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.8% 2008 to 2012
Massasoit Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2012
Massachusetts Bay Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2012
MCPHS University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2012
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Bunker Hill Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Laboure College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bay State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 53.6% 2012 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Emmanuel College Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fisher College RN-to-BSN Degree Completion