Nursing Schools in Massachusetts – MA

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The nursing faculty shortage in Massachusetts has created a backlog of applicants on waitlists for Massachusetts nursing programs. This in turn has added to the critical nursing shortage in Massachusetts. Massachusetts nursing schools are doing what they can to recruit nursing faculty to educate new nurses. Registered nurses seeking advanced degrees such as their BSN are running into the backlog as well and many have chosen to pursue an online RN to BSN path to avoid the waitlists and take advantage of the flexibility an online nursing program offers.

With the recent recession and potential of another the shortage of nurses in Massachusetts has slackened quite a bit. Professional nursing organizations are, however, warning that once the economy begins to rebound and those nurses at retirement or passed retirement age begin to leave the profession, there will be a dramatic shortage of nurses in all states including Massachusetts. Don’t let the current situation get you down or deter you from pursuing you goals of becoming a nurse. You may want to check out, Becoming a Nurse in Massachusetts to learn more educational and licensure processes, find tips on applying to nursing school and read a bit more about the job outlook here in Massachusetts.

Online Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

The goal is to help lessen the impact of the nursing faculty and nurse shortage in Massachusetts by offering online nursing programs through CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited online nursing schools. These online nursing programs are designed for registered nurses seeking LPN to BSN, RN to BSN or RN to MSN degrees. With more hospitals and health care agencies in Massachusetts seeking registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees in nursing to fill their vacancies getting an advanced degree is the logical next step for any registered nurse. Online nursing programs can often be completed at a much more accelerated pace than a campus based program. You’ll also find that the flexibility of an online nursing program can be more conducive to your work schedule.

One must have a master of science in nursing to teach nursing in Massachusetts. However, due to the shortage of nursing faculty, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing is taking applications to waive the MSN requirement if an RN student has a BSN and is enrolled in an MSN program. Becoming a nurse educator is a respectable and rewarding career and they are much needed in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

Nurses in Massachusetts are in high demand. Hospital RN vacancies are at all time highs. Many hospitals in Massachusetts are offering sign on bonuses, flexible work hours and much more. As a new nursing school graduate or a nurse with an advanced degree, you can write your own ticket and get almost any deal you want. Job security is a big plus for nursing careers in Massachusetts due to the demand for highly skilled nurses projected to grow through 2020. reports that a Staff Nurse (RN) in Boston makes a median annual income of $66,595, in Springfield $61,238, in Worcester $62,216. According to an article in  Academe May-June 2006, in a typical Boston teaching hospital, the salaries of clinical nurses range from $54,000 to well over $100,000. These clinical nurses need only a bachelor’s degree. Of course, all these salaries will depend on experience and area of specialization.

RN Associate Degree Programs Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
413 552-2458
Laboure College
2120 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02124
617-296-8300 X4040
Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
781 306-6600
Massachusetts Bay Community College
19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, MA 01782
508 270-4042
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302
508 588-9100 X1763
Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852
978 656-3046
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
978 632-6600
North Shore Community College
1 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923
978 762-4022
Northern Essex Community College
45 Franklin Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
978 738-7447
Quincy College
34 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169
617 984-1601
Quinsigamond Community College
670 W. Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
508 854-4262
Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02120
617 541-5313
Springfield Technical Community College
1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105
413 755-4769
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612
508 849-3300
Atlantic Union College
338 Main Street
P.O.Box 1000
South Lancaster, MA 01561
978 368-2400
Becker College
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01615
508 791-9241 X300
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 499-4660 X332
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508 678-2811
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave
Charlestown, MA 02129
617 228-2443
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyanough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
508 362-2131 X4548
Greenfield Community College
270 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
413 775-162

RN Baccalaureatte Degree (BSN) Programs Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 

American International College 1000 State Street Springfield, MA 01109
413 205-3519
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617 552-4250
College of Our Lady of the Elms
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
413 594-2761 X237
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
617 333-2280
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
978 232-2328
Fitchburg State College 160 Pearl Street Fitchburg, MA 01420
978 665-3221
Mass. College of Pharmacy & Health Science
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617 732-2800
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Regis College
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
781 768-7090
Salem State College of Nursing
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
978 542-6649
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
617 521-2531
University of Mass/Amherst Arnold House
715 N. Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
413 545-2703
University of Mass/Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
617 287-7500
University of Mass/Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road N.
Dartmouth, MA 02747
508 999-8586
University of Mass/Lowell
3 Solomont Way Suite 2
Lowell, MA 01854
978 934-4467
Worcester State College
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602
508 929-8129

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