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Massachusetts RN Programs

Complete list of Massachusetts schools that offer approved RN pre-licensure education programs

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts

Nursing remains a fast growing field throughout the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent in the coming years. Employers in some parts of the country are already reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining RNs. The average RN salary in Massachusetts is $94,960 a year, or equivalently, $45.65 an hour. RNs in Massachusetts make more than the national average.

The first step to becoming a registered nurse is to satisfy the nurse education requirements. The minimum education required is a diploma or associates degree in nursing (ADN). These programs typically take between 2 and 3 years to complete and qualify graduating students to become licensed nurses in the State of Massachusetts. RN education requirements can also be fulfilled by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at an accredited university. BSN programs typically consist of 4 years of undergraduate-level course work. A BSN program may be a better option for individuals interested in obtaining either clinical or administrative nursing positions.

A nursing student will want to verify that the school or program they have selected is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing prior to enrollment. Currently there is one registered nurse hospital based diploma program in Massachusetts, located at Brockton Hospital in Brockton, MA. In addition, there are more than 20 approved ADN programs and 18 approved BSN programs. A full list of programs can be found on this page.

Registered nurses who work in a hospital or healthcare institution in the state of Massachusetts must be officially licensed. In order to obtain an RN license, a candidate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). NCLEX-RN examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed registered nurse. NCLEX-RN exams are currently offered in a Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) format and administered by Pearson VUE. Questions may be asked in a multiple choice, fill in the blank, or other broader format such as selecting the correct answer(s) out of a group of choices.

Once you have completed your education requirements and are ready to take the NCLEX-RN, you should first contact the board of nursing where you are seeking licensure for specific licensing requirements. Application information related to Massachusetts nurse licensure by examination is available on-line (www.pcshq.com) or by telephone (toll-free at 877-887-9727) from Professional Credential Services on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

In summary, the following steps should be taken if you are interested in becoming a registered nurse in the state of Massachusetts:

1. Graduate from a board approved hospital-based diploma, ADN, or BSN program.
2. Apply to take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination.
3. Enjoy your new career as a registered nurse in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Associates Degree RN Programs

Anna Maria College

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

Atlantic Union College

338 Main Street P.O. Box 1000
South Lancaster, MA 01561

Bay State College

122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Becker College

61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01615
508-791-9241, x300

Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-4660, x332

Bristol Community College

777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Bunker Hill Community College

250 New Rutherford Ave
Charlestown, MA 02129

Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyanough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
508-362-2131, x4548

Laboure College

2120 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02124
617-296-8300, x4040

Greenfield Community College

270 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Holyoke Community College

303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040

Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program

170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Massachusetts Bay Community College

19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, MA 01782
Massasoit Community College

1 Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302
508-588-9100, x1763

Middlesex Community College

33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852

Mount Wachusett Community College

444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440

North Shore Community College

1 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923

Northern Essex Community College

45 Franklin Street
Lawrence, MA 01841

Quincy College

34 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Quinsigamond Community College

670 W. Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606

Roxbury Community College

1234 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02120

Springfield Technical Community College

1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105

Accredited Massachusetts RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Massachusetts. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing. The two most common types of RN programs are: two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and four-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN). Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Massachusetts, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

Massachusetts RN Diploma Programs

Brockton Hospital

680 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02302

BSN Degree Massachusetts RN Programs

American International College

1000 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

College of Our Lady of the Elms

291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
413-594-2761, x237

Curry College

1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Endicott College

376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Fitchburg State College

160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Mass. College of Pharmacy & Health Science

179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

MGH Institute of Health Professions

36 1st Ave. Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA 02129

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

Salem State College of Nursing

352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Simmons College

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

University of Massachusetts Amherst

715 N. Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

285 Old Westport Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747

University of Massachusetts Lowell

3 Solomont Way Suite 2
Lowell, MA 01854

Westfield State College

577 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA 01086

Worcester State College

486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602

Massachusetts RN Resources

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Massachusetts Nurses Association
Massachusetts Community College Nursing Scholarships
Scholarships for Nursing Students
Healey-Driscoll Celebrates New Funding for Nurse Scholarships