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LPN to RN Programs in Massachusetts

LPN to RN programs in Massachusetts typically are offered with a variety of options; programs may be offered on-campus, online, or as a hybrid format.  Some LPN to RN programs are reserved specifically for students graduating with their LPN from that college, so space is limited.  Colleges and universities in Massachusetts may offer all types of nursing options, from practical nursing to BSN nursing, making it easy for students to continue their education under one institution.

 

Massachusetts RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Candidates must submit two applications upon graduation: one to Pearson VUE (the company that administers the NCLEX-RN) and the other to the Massachusetts Board. The application itself costs $230 and the NCLEX registration costs $200. The steps should be completed simultaneously. When the applicant provides an email address to Pearson, they will receive an Authorization to Test within a few days. Exams are computer based and can be completed when it is most convenient to the applicant. If the candidate is unsuccessful in passing the NCLEX exam, there is a 45-day waiting period before retaking it.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have been granted licensure in one of the other 50 states may apply for licensure by endorsement. The application for licensure by endorsement is $275 and license verification must also be submitted.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates should have high school education that is separate from their nursing school education. Registered nurses are eligible to apply for licensure when they have passed a Qualifying Examination Certificate or obtained a Visa Screen Certificate. Canadian candidates are able to submit evidence of graduating from a Board approved program but they will still be required to pass the NCLEX exam. There is a $50 fee for Canadians who wish to pursue this route. International candidates must demonstrate English proficiency and there are many exams available to choose from. Lastly, international graduates will submit a Certificate of Graduation to PCS.

Total Schools: 21

Ranked Schools: 20

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9125198.25%

Becker College

61 Sever St, Worcester, MA - 01609-2165 (877) 523-2537

Becker College is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.  They offer an ASN and a BSN option.  As they offer both an ASN and a BSN program, they offer an RN to BSN program.  This is typically completed in 12 to 24 months. Becker College reports that as of May 2016, 100% of their reporting ASN graduates had obtained jobs.

Campus: Worcester, MA
Net Price: $29,282.00
Enrollment: 1,902
Transfer Out Rate: 50.30%
Loan Default Rate: $14.90
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $19.51%
Graduation Rate: 24.40%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7194.00%

Bristol Community College

777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA - 02720-7395 (508) 678-2811

Bristol Community College is located in Fall River, Massachusetts.  They offer an ASN program.  They also offer an LPN to RN bridge program, which is available to LPNs who have graduated within the past 3 years from certain LPN schools that have an agreement with BCC.  Their program has 2 delivery options: a traditional program with in-class learning and “Ehealth”, which is a hybrid program with online learning.

Campus: Fall River, MA
Net Price: $5,657.00
Enrollment: 9,335
Transfer Out Rate: 13.90%
Loan Default Rate: $16.60
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $27.04%
Graduation Rate: 17.30%
Median Borrowing: 3,650.00%
Median Payment: 38.11%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.65193.00%

Massachusetts Bay Community College

50 Oakland St, Wellesley Hills, MA - 02481-5399 (781) 239-3000

Massachusetts Bay Community College is located in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.  They offer an ADN program.  They do have a “day” program and an “evening” program, although their “evening” program is on hold for the time being.

Campus: Wellesley Hills, MA
Net Price: $11,794.00
Enrollment: 5,377
Transfer Out Rate: 24.80%
Loan Default Rate: $12.50
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.97%
Graduation Rate: 13.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,400.00%
Median Payment: 56.38%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6192.00%

Massasoit Community College

One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, MA - 02302-3996 (508) 588-9100

Massasoit Community College is located in Brockton, Massachusetts.  They offer a “nurse education” program, which is an associate's degree program and an LPN to Advanced program, which is also an associate's degree program, both preparing the student for a career as an RN.

Campus: Brockton, MA
Net Price: $8,937.00
Enrollment: 8,272
Transfer Out Rate: 20.60%
Loan Default Rate: $19.30
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $26.48%
Graduation Rate: 15.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.575191.50%

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA - 2155 (781) 306-6600

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing is located in Medford, Massachusetts.  This college is devoted entirely to health sciences – nursing and radiography.  LMH has graduated over 1,800 ASN RN's over the past 75 years; since its inception, it was originally a diploma program and became a degree program in 1998.

Campus: Medford, MA
Enrollment: 302
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Graduation Rate: 100.00%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5125190.25%

Greenfield Community College

One College Dr, Greenfield, MA - 01301-9739 (413) 775-1000

Greenfield Community College is located in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Greenfield Community College has been offering their ADN nursing degree since 1963 – and are proud to boast that they are the first community college-based ADN in Massachusetts!

Campus: Greenfield, MA
Net Price: $11,095.00
Enrollment: 2,240
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $22.00
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.47%
Graduation Rate: 24.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4875189.75%

Springfield Technical Community College

1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA - 01105-1296 (413) 781-7822
Campus: Springfield, MA
Net Price: $9,113.00
Enrollment: 6,792
Transfer Out Rate: 14.70%
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.11%
Graduation Rate: 20.60%
Median Borrowing: 4,900.00%
Median Payment: 51.16%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4875189.75%

Quincy College

1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA - 2169 (800) 698-1700
Campus: Quincy, MA
Net Price: $11,525.00
Enrollment: 4,576
Transfer Out Rate: 29.00%
Loan Default Rate: $11.50
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.23%
Graduation Rate: 17.20%
Median Borrowing: 8,750.00%
Median Payment: 91.36%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4875189.75%

Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA - 01201-5786 (413) 499-4660
Campus: Pittsfield, MA
Net Price: $9,513.00
Enrollment: 2,400
Transfer Out Rate: 17.50%
Loan Default Rate: $17.30
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.87%
Graduation Rate: 24.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,156.00%
Median Payment: 74.72%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.475189.50%

North Shore Community College

1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA - 01923-0840 97876213
Campus: Danvers, MA
Net Price: $8,381.00
Enrollment: 7,750
Transfer Out Rate: 23.00%
Loan Default Rate: $12.50
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.42%
Graduation Rate: 16.70%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4625189.25%

Roxbury Community College

1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA - 02120-3400 (617) 427-0060
Campus: Roxbury Crossing, MA
Net Price: $2,557.00
Enrollment: 2,437
Transfer Out Rate: 30.10%
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $52.11%
Graduation Rate: 12.40%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4188.00%

Quinsigamond Community College

670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA - 01606-2092 (508) 853-2300
Campus: Worcester, MA
Net Price: $6,290.00
Enrollment: 8,582
Transfer Out Rate: 18.30%
Loan Default Rate: $15.40
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.35%
Graduation Rate: 15.90%
Median Borrowing: 4,820.00%
Median Payment: 50.33%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3875187.75%

Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA - 02668-1599 (508) 362-2131
Campus: West Barnstable, MA
Net Price: $8,968.00
Enrollment: 4,051
Transfer Out Rate: 19.00%
Loan Default Rate: $13.50
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.14%
Graduation Rate: 14.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,300.00%
Median Payment: 55.34%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.35187.00%

Northern Essex Community College

100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA - 01830-2399 (978) 556-3000
Campus: Haverhill, MA
Net Price: $8,243.00
Enrollment: 7,352
Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
Loan Default Rate: $18.80
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.63%
Graduation Rate: 17.80%
Median Borrowing: 5,544.00%
Median Payment: 57.89%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3375186.75%

Holyoke Community College

303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA - 1040 (413) 552-2000
Campus: Holyoke, MA
Net Price: $7,661.00
Enrollment: 6,740
Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
Loan Default Rate: $17.30
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-26.24%
Graduation Rate: 15.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,087.00%
Median Payment: 53.11%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2375184.75%

Middlesex Community College

Springs Rd, Bedford, MA - 01730-9124 (978) 656-3200
Campus: Bedford, MA
Net Price: $4,023.00
Enrollment: 9,702
Transfer Out Rate: 23.10%
Loan Default Rate: $16.30
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.31%
Graduation Rate: 12.70%
Median Borrowing: 4,159.00%
Median Payment: 43.42%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.125182.50%

Bunker Hill Community College

250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA - 02129-2925 (617) 228-2000
Campus: Boston, MA
Net Price: $7,251.00
Enrollment: 14,023
Transfer Out Rate: 16.70%
Loan Default Rate: $14.10
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.81%
Graduation Rate: 10.80%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0875181.75%

Mount Wachusett Community College

444 Green St, Gardner, MA - 01440-1000 (978) 632-6600
Campus: Gardner, MA
Net Price: $8,150.00
Enrollment: 4,734
Transfer Out Rate: 17.80%
Loan Default Rate: $17.90
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $22.69%
Graduation Rate: 14.60%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0375180.75%

Laboure College

303 Adams Street, Milton, MA - 2186 (617) 296-8300
Campus: Milton, MA
Net Price: $27,810.00
Enrollment: 698
Transfer Out Rate: 85.70%
Loan Default Rate: $6.60
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.74%
Graduation Rate: 14.30%
Median Borrowing: 27,250.00%
Median Payment: 284.52%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.375147.50%

Bay State College

122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA - 2116 (617) 217-9000
Campus: Boston, MA
Net Price: $25,728.00
Enrollment: 1,204
Loan Default Rate: $12.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $14.92%
Graduation Rate: 27.20%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Massachusetts

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Regis College N/A Weston, MA ACEN

LPN to BSN Programs in Massachusetts

The knowledge gained while working in the nursing field and experience with patient care can only benefit from the advancement of nursing information. Completing a BSN degree program can do this. The curriculum for most BSN programs help experienced nurses will further their knowledge in leadership, management, and professionalism can assist nurses in these demanding roles. Courses in typical BSN curriculum in Massachusetts may include:
  • Nursing research, clinical studies, and theories
  • Advanced studies in the management of complex systems and health issues
  • Clinical experiences
  • Pathophysiology for nurses

 

Massachusetts RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Candidates must submit two applications upon graduation: one to Pearson VUE (the company that administers the NCLEX-RN) and the other to the Massachusetts Board. The application itself costs $230 and the NCLEX registration costs $200. The steps should be completed simultaneously. When the applicant provides an email address to Pearson, they will receive an Authorization to Test within a few days. Exams are computer based and can be completed when it is most convenient to the applicant. If the candidate is unsuccessful in passing the NCLEX exam, there is a 45-day waiting period before retaking it.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have been granted licensure in one of the other 50 states may apply for licensure by endorsement. The application for licensure by endorsement is $275 and license verification must also be submitted.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates should have high school education that is separate from their nursing school education. Registered nurses are eligible to apply for licensure when they have passed a Qualifying Examination Certificate or obtained a Visa Screen Certificate. Canadian candidates are able to submit evidence of graduating from a Board approved program but they will still be required to pass the NCLEX exam. There is a $50 fee for Canadians who wish to pursue this route. International candidates must demonstrate English proficiency and there are many exams available to choose from. Lastly, international graduates will submit a Certificate of Graduation to PCS.

Total Schools: 23

Ranked Schools: 7

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6875193.75%

Simmons College

300 The Fenway, Boston, MA - 02115-5898 (617) 521-2000

Simmons College is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Simmons offers a BSN program and a BSN for RN Holders program.  They also have a unique BSN/MSN program that is 5 years in duration – it allows the student to first obtain their BSN but immediately obtain the MSN right after, all in an accelerated format.

Campus: Boston, MA
Net Price: $29,907.00
Enrollment: 1,732
Transfer Out Rate: 24.90%
Loan Default Rate: $2.10
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-10.19%
Graduation Rate: 71.20%
Median Borrowing: 26,112.00%
Median Payment: 272.64%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.65193.00%

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA - 02115-5005 (617) 373-2000

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Bouve College of Health Sciences offers a BSN program, an online RN to BSN program and an accelerated BSN program.  The accelerated BSN program is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree.

Campus: Boston, MA
Net Price: $30,376.00
Enrollment: 13,223
Loan Default Rate: $4.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-7.44%
Graduation Rate: 82.60%
Median Borrowing: 27,374.00%
Median Payment: 285.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.625192.50%

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA - 2467 (617) 552-8000

Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  The William F. Connell School of Nursing offers a BSN program.  Their program is unique because their BSN students may opt to begin taking graduate level courses during their undergraduate coursework.  They also have the option to study abroad for a semester during their junior year.

Campus: Chestnut Hill, MA
Net Price: $25,564.00
Enrollment: 9,698
Transfer Out Rate: 6.60%
Loan Default Rate: $1.40
Institution Accreditation: NEASC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $7.67%
Graduation Rate: 91.30%
Median Borrowing: 19,000.00%
Median Payment: 198.38%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.525190.50%

Endicott College

376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA - 1915 (978) 927-0585

Endicott College is located in Beverley, Massachusetts.  Their RN program is specifically an RN to BSN program.  It is a hybrid program, meaning that it is a combination of online and face-to-face coursework.  Their program is also unique in that they transfer courses do not have a time limit, meaning that RNs can be out of school for many years and still go back for their BSN without retaking courses.

Campus: Beverly, MA
Net Price: $32,171.00
Enrollment: 2,724
Loan Default Rate: $2.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.36%
Graduation Rate: 70.30%
Median Borrowing: 26,000.00%
Median Payment: 271.47%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5190.00%

MCPHS University

179 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA - 02115-5896 (617) 732-2800

MCPHS University is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  They offer an accelerated BSN program, which is offered to first-year students and is completed in 32 months. They also offer a post-baccalaureate BSN, which is offered to students with a prior bachelor's degree; this degree is completed in 16 months.  An RN to BSN program is also offered online.

Campus: Boston, MA
Net Price: $32,860.00
Enrollment: 3,897
Loan Default Rate: $1.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $14.00%
Graduation Rate: 61.70%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.225184.50%

Regis College

235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA - 02493-1571 (781) 768-7000
Campus: Weston, MA
Net Price: $24,597.00
Enrollment: 1,188
Loan Default Rate: $11.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $7.60%
Graduation Rate: 48.70%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1182.00%

Salem State University

352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA - 1970 (978) 542-6000
Campus: Salem, MA
Net Price: $14,431.00
Enrollment: 7,664
Loan Default Rate: $8.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.03%
Graduation Rate: 45.60%
Median Borrowing: 19,000.00%
Median Payment: 198.38%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Massachusetts

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A College of Our Lady of the Elms N/A Chicopee, MA CCNE
N/A University of Massachusetts-Boston N/A Boston, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE
N/A University of Massachusetts-Amherst N/A Amherst, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH
N/A Fitchburg State University N/A Fitchburg, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH
N/A Emmanuel College N/A Boston, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH
N/A Curry College N/A Milton, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH
N/A Laboure College N/A Milton, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT
N/A Becker College N/A Worcester, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT
N/A American International College N/A Springfield, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA
N/A Anna Maria College N/A Paxton, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA
N/A Framingham State University N/A Framingham, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD
N/A University of Massachusetts-Lowell N/A Lowell, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD
N/A University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth N/A North Dartmouth, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD
N/A Westfield State University N/A Westfield, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD
N/A Worcester State University N/A Worcester, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD, TEAC
N/A Northeastern University Global Network N/A Boston, MA CCNE, APA, NCATE, ACEND, ASHA, CEPH, ACEN, JRCERT, AOTA, APTA, NASAD, TEAC

Massachusetts RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Candidates must submit two applications upon graduation: one to Pearson VUE (the company that administers the NCLEX-RN) and the other to the Massachusetts Board. The application itself costs $230 and the NCLEX registration costs $200. The steps should be completed simultaneously. When the applicant provides an email address to Pearson, they will receive an Authorization to Test within a few days. Exams are computer based and can be completed when it is most convenient to the applicant. If the candidate is unsuccessful in passing the NCLEX exam, there is a 45-day waiting period before retaking it.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have been granted licensure in one of the other 50 states may apply for licensure by endorsement. The application for licensure by endorsement is $275 and license verification must also be submitted.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates should have high school education that is separate from their nursing school education. Registered nurses are eligible to apply for licensure when they have passed a Qualifying Examination Certificate or obtained a Visa Screen Certificate. Canadian candidates are able to submit evidence of graduating from a Board approved program but they will still be required to pass the NCLEX exam. There is a $50 fee for Canadians who wish to pursue this route. International candidates must demonstrate English proficiency and there are many exams available to choose from. Lastly, international graduates will submit a Certificate of Graduation to PCS.

Massachusetts LPN Jobs by City

Massachusetts RN Job Outlook

There are several opportunities for nurses who have completed a BSN degree program. A majority of the specialty hospitals in the area require a BSN to qualify for the position. As a new graduate of a program nurses may find expanded opportunities such as:
  • Mental Health RN who visits patients in their homes
  • Wound and ostomy nursing
  • Administration or executive roles in healthcare facilities
Nurses who have obtained a bachelor’s degree are preferred over a nurse who has not in most cases. There are a few hospitals in Massachusetts who are pushing to only hire nurses with a BSN.

Massachusetts Registered Nursing Salaries

Boston has, by large, the largest amount of registered nurses employed than any other metropolitan area in Massachusetts. The Cambridge-Quincy metropolitan area has the highest annual median wage along with the highest hourly mean wage. This is considering some estimates that were not released.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Barnstable Town, MA 2,540 $36.27 $75,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 59,660 (8)- (8)-
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 43,460 $41.67 $86,670
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 2,220 $40.80 $84,860
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,010 $38.66 $80,400
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,520 $31.64 $65,810
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,190 $36.25 $75,410
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 1,130 $36.70 $76,340
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,160 $38.00 $79,030
New Bedford, MA 1,680 $34.49 $71,740
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 2,760 $34.28 $71,300
Pittsfield, MA 1,050 (8)- (8)-
Springfield, MA-CT 6,890 $34.77 $72,330
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 640 (8)- (8)-
Worcester, MA-CT 6,670 $40.49 $84,230
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan are 210 $37.11 $77,190
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 170 $32.33 $67,250
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 520 $37.80 $78,620
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 330 $27.80 $57,820
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data