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Getting an education is expensive. A recent Bloomberg article shows that US college prices have increased steadily over the past decade, and this trend has been increasing faster than inflation. For those considering nursing as a career, education costs will no doubt be a concern. The all-in costs of nursing school – which include tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses – will vary depending on several factors.

One important factor is program length. A nursing assistant certificate requires only an eight- to ten-week certification process, which ends with a state-administered examination. A licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate, meanwhile, usually takes 12 to 18 months of study. More advanced roles like registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) require lengthier degree programs. Another important factor to consider is the type of institution. Public institutions typically offer lower costs since they are supported by the state government, while private institutions are often more expensive. Students should research the financial aid program of each school to learn more about loans, grants, and scholarships.

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Of course, education is an investment, and the level of training a nurse receives is correlated with her salary. Massachusetts’ nursing assistants take home $25,000 to $35,000 annually, while LPNs fetch between $45,000 and $60,000. The state’s RNs earn $65,000 to $100,000 per year, and APRNs in popular specializations (e.g., nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist) earn well into six figures annually.

To help aspiring nurses better research the costs and benefits of education, we have compiled below a list of nursing schools in Massachusetts ranked from most to least expensive.

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Boston metro area

Medical Professional Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $24,050, books and supplies $1,285
Nursing Assistant Certificate (3-month program): tuition and fees $1,275, books and supplies $71
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing (17-month program): tuition and fees $23,841, books and supplies $2,500, room and board $22,661
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $13,800, books and supplies $0, room and board $19,560
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $12,129, books and supplies $1,635, room and board $8,000
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $9,350, books and supplies $1,250, room and board $6,610
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $6,735, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $8,470
Greater Lowell Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $6,000, books and supplies $700, room and board $6,810
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Medical Professional Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $24,050
Nursing Assistant Certificate 3 months $1,275
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 17 months $23,841
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $13,800
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $12,129
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $9,350
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $6,735
Greater Lowell Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $6,000

Worcester

Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $13,500, books and supplies $1,270, room and board $9,529
Monty Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $12,080, books and supplies $1,030, room and board $5,450
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (16-month program): tuition and fees $9,300, books and supplies $2,115, room and board $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 months $13,500
Monty Tech Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $12,080
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 months $9,300

Other Massachusetts cities

Diman Regional Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $12,725, books and supplies $1,050, room and board $14,000
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $9,910, books and supplies $1,600, room and board $13,000
Southeastern Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $8,450, books and supplies $1,063, room and board $6,000
Charles H McCann Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $3,555, books and supplies $1,120, room and board $4,000
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Diman Regional Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $12,725
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $9,910
Southeastern Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $8,450
Charles H McCann Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $3,555