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RN Programs in Boston with School Options

There are over 40 schools within 50 miles of Boston that have registered nursing degree programs; three of them are within 15 minutes of downtown. Read an overview of these three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which one is right for you.

Boston Registered Nursing Schools

Students in the Boston area have a number of schools to choose from when pursuing a registered nursing (RN) career. This article discusses three schools within 15 minutes of downtown. At the end of the article is a table comparing tuition, school size and other attributes of these three schools. After the table is a brief paragraph covering other school options in the Boston area.

  • Northeastern University is a private not-for-profit school located three miles from downtown. This school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing science for licensed nurses or students interested in registered nursing.
  • Students may also pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at Simmons College, a private not-for-profit school situated less than four miles from downtown Boston.
  • The University of Massachusetts, a 4-year public school, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing about six miles from the downtown area.

School Comparison

Tuition can vary greatly when considering public or private schools. The following table compares tuition and student enrollment for the three schools discussed in this article.

Northeastern University Simmons College University of Massachusetts - Boston
School Type Four-year; private, non-profit Four-year; private, non-profit Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 21,489 6,283 16,415
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $49,497 $39,600 $13,828, in state; $32,985, out of state

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Northeastern University

The School of Nursing at Northeastern University offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to educate and train direct-entry students and registered nurses who have been working in the field. Students planning a career as a registered nurse can select either a traditional undergraduate program to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses or a master's degree program that trains those with a bachelor's degree in another field.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Northeastern University undergraduate program in nursing usually requires five years of study to complete. Students may select a four-year plan to earn the degree in less time. Courses in the undergraduate program include anatomy, nutrition, physiology and psychology. The program also requires students to complete clinical training to gain experience in the field. This school also offers an RN to BSN online program and an accelerated BSN in Boston and Charlotte.

Master of Science in Nursing

Northeastern University offers students with a bachelor's degree an opportunity to complete undergraduate and graduate nursing courses to graduate with a master's degree in nursing. Students complete the undergraduate requirements to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses in the first 16 months of the program. Once students have earned the registered nurse credential, they must complete between six and nine months of experience in nursing. Then students enter the graduate portion of the program in a nursing specialty area.

Simmons College

Simmons College offers a traditional 4-year nursing degree program for students planning a career as a registered nurse. The school also offers graduate programs for those planning to advance their careers in nursing science.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The traditional 4-year degree in nursing at Simmons College requires students to take courses in areas like anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, nursing skills, psychology, health assessments and pharmacology. The program also requires students to complete clinical hours in nursing practice. Adult learners can earn their BSN in two years, and there is also the opportunity to pursue the 5-year BSN/MSN.

University of Massachusetts - Boston

The University of Massachusetts' College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers degree programs in nursing, exercise and health science. Students pursuing a registered nursing license may complete the school's traditional undergraduate program to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The undergraduate program in nursing requires students to complete 123 credits in courses such as anatomy, health promotion, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, English, nutrition and statistics. Students must also complete clinical courses such as adult health nursing, maternity and women's health, pediatrics, mental health and community health. The program may be completed in four years.

Other School Options

Students may also complete associate degree programs in nursing to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Bunker Hill Community College offers an associate degree program in nursing at their location, which is less than 2 miles from downtown Boston. MGH Institute of Health Professions and Emanuel College offer nursing programs less than 10 minutes from the downtown area.


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