RN Programs in Massachusetts

Becoming a registered nurse (RN) in Massachusetts is an excellent career path for individuals desiring to enter the medical field. Registered Nurses in Massachusetts are the second highest paid registered nurses in the county.

RN programs in Massachusetts offer education and training for individuals who want to start a nursing career. Even though Massachusetts has suffered greatly during this economic crisis and many jobs have been lost, graduates of RN schools in Massachusetts join one of the only industries that are growing in the entire state. Students who complete Massachusetts RN programs are able to find gainful employment upon graduation.

There are two ways to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in Massachusetts. Students must choose from a two-year or four-year program. The two-year RN program leads to an Associate in Science Nursing (ASN) and the four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Graduates from both programs qualify to take the national exam that is required for licensing.

RN Licensure in Massachusetts

Registered nurses requesting licensure in Massachusetts must graduate from an accredited RN program. They must then pass the NCLEX-RN before their license can be issued.

Massachusetts RN Registry

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

239 Causeway Street

Suite 500, 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02114


RN Jobs and Salary in Massachusetts

Massachusetts needs registered nurses in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. The most in-demand RN positions are concentrated in Massachusetts’ major metropolitan areas, such as Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Worcester, and Springfield.  In Massachusetts, the average RN hourly wage is $39.32, and the average RN annual wage is $81,780.

Below are some of Massachusetts’ largest employers of registered nurses:

Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport

UMass Memorial Medical Center, Clinton

Farren Care Center, Turners Falls

Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center, Lawrence

Boston Pain Care Center, Waltham

Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Natick

The Pavilion Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hyannis

Neuro-Rehabilitation Center at Middleboro, Middleboro

Emerson Hospital, Concord

RN Programs in Massachusetts

RN programs have their own requirements for admission to the program. Many schools require that applicants have completed science and math classes while maintaining a certain grade point average in high school. Others require all college preparatory classes, and a few only require that the applicant has graduated from high school. Applicants are strongly urged to apply around one year before hoping to begin classes. This allows time for interviews and college visits.

The following RN programs that lead to an ASN:

Anna Maria College

Department of Nursing

50 Sunset Lane

Paxton, MA 01612


Bay State College

Department of Nursing

31 St James Ave.

Boston, MA 02116, USA


Becker College

Department of Nursing

61 Sever Street

Worchester, MA 01615


Berkshire Community College

Department of Nursing

1350 West Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201


Bristol Community College

Department of Nursing

777 Elsbree Street

Fall River, MA 02720


Bunker Hill Community College

Department of Nursing

250 New Rutherford Avenue

Charlestown, MA 02129


Cape Cod Community College

Nursing Program

2240 Lyanough Road

West Barnstable, MA 02668


Laboure College

Department of Nursing

2120 Dorchester Avenue

Boston, MA 02124


Greenfield Community College

Department of Nursing

270 Main Street

Greenfield, MA 01301


Holyoke Community College

Department of Nursing

303 Homestead Avenue

Holyoke MA 01040


Lawrence Memorial/Regis

College Nursing Program

170 Governors Avenue

Medford, MA 02155


Massachusetts Bay Community College

Department of Nursing

19 Flagg Drive

Framingham, MA 01782


Massasoit Community College

Department of Nursing

1 Massasoit Boulevard

Brockton, MA 02302


Middlesex Community College

Department of Nursing

33 Kearney Square

Lowell, MA 01852


Mount Wachusett Community College

Department of Nursing

444 Green Street

Gardner, MA 01440


North Shore Community College

Department of Nursing

1 Ferncroft Road

Danvers, MA 01923


Northern Essex Community College

Department of Nursing

45 Franklin Street

Lawrence, MA 01841


Quincy College

Department of Nursing

34 Coddington Street

Quincy, MA 02169


Quinsigamond Community College

College of Nursing

670 W. Boylston Street

Worcester, MA 01606


Roxbury Community College

Department of Nursing

1234 Columbus Avenue

Boston, MA 02120


Springfield Technical Community College

Department of Nursing

1 Armory Square

Springfield, MA 01105


These four-year programs also have different entrance requirements. Many RN programs require that the applicant is first accepted into the college. Sometimes, depending on high school grades and SAT or ACT scores, students must take college level courses and maintain a certain grade point average before being accepted into the RN program. The following list of schools shows the BSN programs in Massachusetts:


American International College

Department of Nursing

1000 State Street

Springfield, MA 01109


Boston College

Department of Nursing

140 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


College of Our Lady of the Elms

Department of Nursing

291 Springfield Street

Chicopee, MA 01013


Curry College

Department of Nursing

1071 Blue Hill Avenue

Milton, MA 02186


Endicott College

Division of Nursing

376 Hale Street

Beverly, MA 01915


Fitchburg State College

Department of Nursing

160 Pearl Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

And Health Science

Department of Nursing

179 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


MGH Institute of Health Professions

Nursing Department

36 1st Avenue

Charlestown Navy Yard

Boston, MA 02129


Northeastern University

Department of Nursing

360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


Regis College

Department of Nursing

235 Wellesley Street

Weston, MA 02493


Salem State College of Nursing

352 Lafayette Street

Salem, MA 01970


Simmons College

Department of Nursing

300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115


University of Mass/Amherst

Department of Nursing

Arnold House

715 N. Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01003


University of Massachusetts-Boston

Division of Nursing

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125


University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Division of Nursing

285 Old Westport Road

N. Dartmouth, MA 02747


University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Division of Nursing

3 Solomont Way, Suite 2

Lowell, MA 01854


Westfield State College

Department of Nursing

577 Western Avenue

Westfield, MA 01086


Worcester State College

Department of Nursing

486 Chandler St.

Worcester, MA 01602

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in Massachusetts.