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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Massachusetts

Each year, approximately 1.7% of Massachusetts graduates receive degrees in nursing. Thus, Massachusetts' 39 RN schools put out approximately 3,702 registered nurses each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a RN program is Boston College. Boston College, which was ranked 14th in the country in 2010, is located in Chestnut Hill. 107 students graduated with a degree in RN from Boston College in 2010. Boston College charged in-state students $40,542 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Massachusetts with a RN program is Northeastern University, which is located in Boston. In 2010, it was ranked 18th nationwide. In 2010, 180 students graduated from Northeastern University RN program. Students at Northeastern University paid $36,792 per year in tuition fees.

College of Our Lady of the Elms, which was ranked 18th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a RN program. It is located in Chicopee. In 2010, College of Our Lady of the Elms graduated 110 students from its RN programs. Tuition at College of Our Lady of the Elms was $27,157 per year.


Rn schools in Massachusetts, charge students an average tuition of $13,516 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $40,542 per year, or as little as $3,144 per year. In 2010, the RN schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Massachusetts were:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, students are charged $40,542 per year
  2. Northeastern University - located in Boston, students are charged $36,792 per year
  3. Simmons College - located in Boston, students are charged $32,230 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Massachusetts RN schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Bunker Hill Community College - located in Charlestown, students are charged $3,144 per year
  2. Roxbury Community College - located in Boston, students are charged $3,192 per year
  3. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year

A RN degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

A large number of Massachusetts RN graduates become registered nurses. 85,120 registered nurses were working in Massachusetts in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Massachusetts registered nurses:

  1. Bristol County - 52,880 registered nurses
  2. Windham County - 7,510 registered nurses
  3. Hartford County - 6,610 registered nurses

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of registered nurses in the state of Massachusetts will grow to 98,010. This would require a 17% growth in the profession.


A registered nurse in Massachusetts makes an average of $84,990 per year. But, salaries for registered nurses can vary. In 2010, registered nurses made as little as less than $45,420 per year or as much as more than $143,540 per year in Massachusetts. A registered nurse in the following Massachusetts counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Windham County - $83,490 per year
  2. Bristol County - $80,608 per year
  3. Worcester County - $78,630 per year

A registered nurse in the following counties in Massachusetts make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Franklin County - $65,035 per year
  2. Berkshire County - $66,545 per year
  3. Hartford County - $70,650 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Massachusetts statistics regarding a career in nursing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as nurse assisting or forensic nursing.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Massachusetts
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Nursing in Massachusetts

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 85,120 $84,990 10.7%

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