Massachusetts Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide to nursing schools in Massachusetts provides you with key information, including several nursing program profiles, on the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in the state. The diverse nursing programs in Massachusetts allow students to concentrate in such areas as nursing education, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing administration services, and adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Sometimes earning a nursing degree, however, requires more flexibility than afforded by a traditional college program. Many online universities, including Capella University, confer bachelor’s and master’s in nursing degrees to students who complete all coursework online.

Massachusetts School Facts:

  • 21 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 23 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 20 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Boston College 90%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Massachusetts – Boston 34%.1
  • Highest net price*: Northeastern University $31,821.1
  • Lowest net price*: University of Massachusetts – Boston $10,940.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Massachusetts with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $14,160 – $43,878.2
  • 7 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Boston College (21), University of Massachusetts at Boston (50), MGH Institute of Health Professions (64), University of Massachusetts–Amherst (64), University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth (79), University of Massachusetts–Worcester (79), and Northeastern University (99).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Massachusetts.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Massachusetts

Endicott College
Undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Endicott College must complete between 126 and 128 credits, of both general college and nursing coursework, to fulfill degree requirements. Nursing majors will take such courses as acute care nursing, care of children, community health nursing, and psychosocial nursing. Students complete mandatory clinical practicums at one of approximately 60 affiliated public and private medical facilities in and around Boston. Nursing majors can become involved on campus by joining the Student Nurses Association. Graduates of the program will have the necessary qualifications to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Emmanuel College
Emmanuel College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program consists of 128 credits and generally takes four years to complete full time. Part time study is also allowed. Core nursing curriculum consists of 36 credits focusing on health assessment, public health and the professional nurse, diversity in healthcare, and health promotion in nursing practice. Students must complete a practicum and a mandatory senior project. General college coursework typically falls into several categories, including social analysis, scientific inquiry, general studies, quantitative analysis, religious thought, and moral reasoning, aesthetic inquiry and historical consciousness. Prospective applicants may submit application materials online.

Northeastern University
In Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University offers several nursing programs, including a competitive online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that allows students to complete the program and enter the workforce in 16 months. Lecture courses in the 67 credit hour program are completed online and supported by hands-on simulation lab training in an academic setting. Also included in the curriculum are clinical rotations with Northeastern University healthcare partners, a list comprising over 100 institutions including some of the best hospitals in the U.S. The ABSN program holds accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts
Graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of Massachusetts may opt for full time or part time study. Two concentrations are available: adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Both concentrations require 45 credits with full time students generally able to fulfill degree requirements within two full years. Practicums are mandatory. Prospective applicants to the program must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), must submit GRE scores and three letters of recommendation, and must provide evidence of a current registered nurse’s license in Massachusetts. Applications are due March 15.

Salem State University
Salem State University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program allows students to concentrate in administration of nursing services, nursing education, or adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Students must complete between 39 and 45 credits depending on the concentration. The nurse practitioner track prepares students for doctoral study. Graduate students are required to take such core nursing courses as health policy and leadership for advanced practice nursing, foundations of nursing science, and nursing research. Prospective students, who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, may apply for the university’s Direct Entry MSN program, which generally takes 15 months to complete.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MA&major=nursing&sort=best