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The flexibility of vocational, career, and community colleges allows students to pursue nursing qualifications in a shorter period of time. This makes it easy for students to better manage busy work-study-life schedules. A large number of potential employers, including Genesis Healthcare and the Department of Veterans Affairs, also makes the certification process a worthy one. For licensed practical nurses (LPNs), a typical certificate program takes place over 12-18 months. For registered nurses (RNs), a degree program requires about 2-3 years of study.

Though vocational, career, and community colleges all provide the same job-oriented nursing training, there are slight differences among the three. This provides aspiring nurses a few distinct educational routes. Community colleges are typically supported by the local state government. Career colleges are usually not supported by the government; within this category, there are both for-profit and not-for-profit options. Vocational schools specialize in providing technical higher-level education in an accessible and affordable manner.

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Students considering these pathways will have a wide range of options in Massachusetts, with over 30 vocational, career, and community colleges. These include top performers like Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, North Shore Community College, and Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School.

We’ve compiled below a complete list of these vocational, career, and community colleges to help students jump-start their nursing careers at the best institutions.

Featured Schools

Boston metro area

Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Bunker Hill Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Greater Lowell Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Massasoit Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Medical Professional Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Marlborough
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Canton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Brockton
  • Diploma in Nursing
Bunker Hill Community College Boston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Greater Lowell Technical School Tyngsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College Medford
  • Associate's Degree in 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
Medical Professional Institute Malden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Billerica
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Springfield

Holyoke Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Springfield Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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

Worcester

Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
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
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

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
Mildred Elley - Pittsfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeastern Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
Mildred Elley - Pittsfield Pittsfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeastern Technical Institute South Easton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Bourne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing