Massachusetts Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Massachusetts

The opportunities for nurses in Massachusetts is seemingly limitless and the need for nurses is great. By 2015, it is expected that only 69% of Massachusetts’ nursing positions will be filled and by the year 2020, there will be over 110,000 nursing positions across the state. Filling these positions is essential, especially with qualified nurses as the need for baccalaureate level nurses increases. The need for registered nurses and specialty nurses is great, particularly certified nurse anesthetists, psychiatric mental health nurses, and perioperative nurses to name a few. In order to promote retention of accomplished nurses, some hospitals are offering signing bonuses of up to $14,000. Further, Massachusetts is the second highest paying state in the nation for nurses, with a median salary that exceeds the national by over $20,000 for registered nurses. Some of the leading employers of nurses in Massachusetts include Charlton Memorial Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Baystate Medical Center, just to name a few.

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About Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is commonly referred to as “The Bay State” and has the largest population out of all six New England states. Massachusetts is the third most densely populated state in the nation and has the sixth highest gross domestic product per capita out of all fifty states. The state’s capital is Boston and the Greater Boston metropolitan area is home to two-thirds of Massachusettsians. Massachusetts’ economy thrives on its technological advances, particularly in health care, financial services and higher education. Massachusetts is a staple in the nation’s arts and culture, as it was the focal point of the Transcendentalist movement with Bostonian Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau leading Transcendentalism. Modern Massachusetts has an extensive arts scene as it is home to world renowned theaters, museums, orchestras, music and film hubs, and festivals. Residents and tourists alike can easily beat boredom with a plethora of opportunities including outdoor activities and beaches, world-class shopping, historical landmarks, and sporting events for one of Boston’s major league teams.

Change in nursing jobs in the future

2012

87,520

2020

110,100

$76,080

Avg. Salary

106

Number of nursing programs in state

82

Number of hospitals in state

46

Number of nursing schools in state

Nursing programs offered in Massachusetts

  • Northeastern University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Online RN to BSN
      • Direct Entry Nursing (MS)
      • Direct Entry Nursing (MS) - Online Option
      • Nurse Anesthesia (MS)
      • Nurse Practitioner
      • Nursing Administration/Leadership/Policy (MS)
      • BSN/MS
      • MS/MBA
      • DNP
      • PhD
      • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • American International College +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Nursing Administrator (MSN)
      • Nursing Educator (MSN)

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Anna Maria College +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Online RN-BSN Completion Program

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Boston College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • Traditional route to entry (MS)
      • Master's entry pathway (MS)
      • RN-MS pathway
      • Additional specialty certificate
      • MS/PhD
      • MS/MBA
      • MS/MA in pastoral ministry
      • PhD

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Elms College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science
      • Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing
      • RN-BS Degree Completion Program
      • MSN in Nursing and Health Services Management
      • MSN in Nursing Education
      • MSN/MBA
      • RN to MSN
      • RN to BSN to MSN
      • Certificate in Nursing and Health Services Management
      • Certificate in Nursing Education

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • MGH Institute of Health Professions +
    • Programs Offered

      • Accelerated BSN
      • Nurse Practitioner (MS)
      • RN to DNP
      • Post-Master's DNP
      • DNP for Nurse Executives
      • Certificate Programs

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Regis College +
    • Programs Offered

      • ASN
      • BSN
      • Part-time BSN for Non-Nurse College Graduates
      • Accelerated Nurse Practitioner B.S./M.S. in Nursing for Non-Nurse College Graduates
      • Adult Acute Critical Care Clinical Specialist
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • R.N. to B.S. to M.S.
      • RN to MS in Nursing
      • Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Post Master's Nursing Education Certificate
      • Certificate in Nursing Leadership

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Simmons College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BS
      • Dix Scholars program
      • RN-BS
      • BS-MS
      • Direct Entry Program in Advanced Practice Nursing
      • MSN
      • Certificate Programs
      • PhD in Health Professions Educations
      • Post-Master's Doctorate in Nursing Practice

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Massachusetts Boston +
    • Programs Offered

      • Accelerated, BS
      • Traditional, BS
      • RN-BS (Online)
      • MS
      • MS-DNP (Online)
      • PhD
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Post Master's Certificate
      • Nurse Educator, Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE