We've organized a comprehensive list of Massachusetts nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Massachusetts city.

For Massachusetts’ aspiring nurses, the state’s licensed practical nursing (LPN) education programs are some of the most viable entry options. These programs provide prospective nursing students with affordable study plans, favorable career opportunities, and valuable nursing background that can help further advancement in the medical field.

Licensed practical nursing

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.

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.

Aspiring nurses have many options for private school education in Massachusetts. Institutions like Medical Professional Institute, Northeastern University, and Regis College offer degree and certificate programs across many nursing disciplines. These private schools frequently offer greater prestige and smaller class sizes than their public counterparts; this in turn drives higher levels of student performance and satisfaction. Some private nursing schools in Massachusetts are also religiously affiliated, including Anna Maria College and College of Our Lady of the Elms.

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 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.

A growing employer preference for higher education, specifically bachelor’s and master’s degrees, is brightening the career prospects of students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities for their nursing education. Nurses certified at a bachelor’s or master’s degree level have diverse employment options, including nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, managed care groups, and community-based settings. Major nursing employers in Massachusetts include Genesis Healthcare, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Tenet Health.