Boston is one of the best cities in the country to begin a career in nursing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses in Boston on average earned $97,130 per year as of May 2017, which is significantly above the national average of $73,550. For individuals interested in beginning a career in nursing, or for experienced nurses who want to advance their careers, the Boston area offers many accredited training programs for nurses at all education levels, including many of the top-ranked programs in the state according to RegisteredNursing.org rankings.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry Level ADN, BSN, & MSN Programs in Boston, MA

For students with no prior nursing education, or for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who want to become RNs, an entry-level nursing training program is the place to start. Options for these programs in the Boston area, including LPN to RN programs aimed at practical nurses interested in transitioning to RN careers, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Each of these programs will prepare nurses to take the NCLEX licensing exam and secure their first jobs as RNs.

LPN to RN Programs

Because RNs earn higher salaries and have more patient career responsibilities and career opportunities, many practical nurses decide to transition to a career as an RN. Some schools offer special programs aimed at these practical nurses, which provide an accelerated pathway to becoming an RN. For example, Laboure College offers an LPN to RN Advanced Placement program that helps LPNs earn their associate’s degree in less time than a traditional ADN program.

ADN Programs

ADN programs are designed for students with no prior nursing training, and allow students to graduate in around two years and take the NCLEX exam. Bunker Hill Community College, for example, offers a four-semester program that includes 39-credit hours of nursing theory and clinical practice in health care facilities. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of patient-centered care, human growth and development, and microbiology.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

BSN programs are also designed for students new to the nursing field, and include additional in-depth coursework not generally included in ADN programs, such as nursing research, leadership and community nursing. The University of Massachusetts – Boston offers a BSN program that can be completed in 2.5 to 4 years of study, and includes clinical placement in some of the Boston area’s finest healthcare institutions.

Find out more about Massachusettes Accelerated BSN Programs

Direct-Entry MSN Programs

Somewhat less common than ADN or BSN programs, direct-entry MSN programs are designed for students who have earned their bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing subject and would like to earn a master’s degree in nursing. These accelerated, academically-rigorous programs begin in BSN-level nursing courses to prepare students for the NCLEX and then continue on with advanced nursing courses to prepare students with advanced practice nursing careers and certification. Simmons University offers a direct-entry MSN program that prepares students of all backgrounds for careers as family nurse practitioners in three years of study.

Find out more about Massachusetts Accelerated MSN Programs

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Boston

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Boston based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Massachusetts out of 40 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Boston College - #3
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College - #1
  • Simmons University - #2
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell - #9
SchoolContact Information
Bay State College
31 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 217-9186
Boston College
Cushing Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-1710
Bunker Hill Community College
250 Rutherford Ave
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 228-2000
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 333-3137
Endicott College
376 Hale St
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-0585
Labouré College
303 Adams St
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 296-8300
Lawrence Memorial/Regis College
170 Governor's Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 306-6600
Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Massachusetts Program: #1 of 40
19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 270-4000
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Boston
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-2800
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd
Brockton, MA 02302
(781) 821-2222
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 726-2947
Middlesex Community College
591 Springs Rd
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 280-3200
North Shore Community College
1 Ferncroft Rd
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 762-4000
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2000
Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliot St
Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 556-3000
Regis College
235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7091
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street, South Campus
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-7149
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
53 Adams Street
Brockton, MA 02302
(508) 941-7000
Simmons University
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2139
University of Massachusetts - Boston
100 William T. Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-5000
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Massachusetts Program: #9 of 40
113 Wilder Street, Suite 200
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 934-4525

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Boston, MA

Because RNs with their bachelor’s or master’s degree earn higher salaries and have a higher number of job opportunities to choose from, many nurses with their associate’s degree decide to go back to school to earn a BSN or MSN. There are a number of these bridge programs to choose from in the Boston area, some of which are offered online or on a part-time basis to allow RNs to continue working while they study.

RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN bridge programs provide a “bridge” from the associate’s degree to a BSN. Many of these programs are offered online, like the one at Emmanuel College, which allows students to take courses at their own pace. Students graduate the program in as little as 16 months of online study of accelerated seven-week courses, which is designed with working nurses in mind.

Find out more about Massachusetts RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

Somewhat less common than the RN to BSN program, RN to MSN programs allow nurses with an associate’s degree a pathway to a master’s degree in nursing without first completing a BSN. The RN to MSN program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences builds on the Associate’s Degree in Nursing and allows students to become family nurse practitioners in three years of study. Aside from four on-campus meetings, coursework for this program is offered online with clinical practice hours taking place near a student’s home, allowing students to continue working while earning their degrees.

Find out more about Massachusetts RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-1710
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 333-3137
Emmanuel College
400 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-1604
Endicott College
376 Hale St
Beverly, MA 01915
Fisher College
118 Beacon Street
Brockton, MA 02116
(617) 236-8800
Laboure College
303 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 296-8300
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 274-3389
MCPHS University
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 274-3389
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-3649
Regis College
235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6200
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2139
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-5000
University of Massachusetts Lowell
220 Pawtucket St
Lowell, MA 01854

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Boston, MA

For nurses with their bachelor’s degree in nursing who want to advance to leadership positions, become nurse practitioners or start careers as nurse educators or administrators, an advanced practice nursing degree may be the next step. In the Boston area, there are many options for advanced practice programs, including traditional MSN programs, post-master's certificate programs, and doctoral degrees in nursing.

MSN Programs

Traditional MSN programs are designed for experienced nurses with their BSN who want to begin careers as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and administrators among many other leadership positions. Many of these programs allow students to focus their studies on a particular career track, and some are offered online. Endicott College offers MSN programs with the following career concentrations: family nurse practitioner, global health nursing, nursing educator and nursing administration. These programs offer hybrid learning, which combines online coursework with on-campus experiences.

Find out more about Massachusetts Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Post-graduate certificate programs are designed for nurses with their MSN who would like to learn a new specialty line of nursing at the master’s-level. These programs prepare nurses for certification in a new discipline, such as family medicine, women’s health, psychiatric/mental health, and adult-gerontology. Regis College offers numerous post-master's certificate program pathways in a variety of in-demand nurse practitioner specialties.

Find out more about Massachusetts Post-Master's Certificate Programs

DNP & Ph.D. Programs

Doctoral programs are the highest level of education available to nurses. These programs include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs that prepare nurses for careers in advance practice as independent nurse practitioners, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs, which prepare nurses for careers in nursing research or academia. The University of Massachusetts - Boston offers a multitude of BS to DNP, MS to DNP, and Ph.D. program pathways.

Find out more about Massachusetts DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 2467
(617) 552-3900
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(197) 892-7058 x5
Harvard - T.H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 432-1031
Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy And Health Sciences
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 879-5964
MGH Institute Of Health Professions
36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 726-2947
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2000
Regis College
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000
Regis University
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-5000
University of Massachusetts Lowell
113 Wilder Street- Suite 200
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 934-4525