Massachusetts enjoys one of the largest numbers of practicing NPs in the nation, with 4,370 Nurse Practitioners in the state, making a mean annual salary of $102,340, also one of the highest in the nation according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012). This may be related to the fact that Massachusetts was the first the state to implement universal healthcare coverage, which often translates into more opportunity for family nurse practitioners and adult health nurse practitioners.
Massachusetts's nurse practitioners work in collaboration with the state's physicians. A collaborative agreement with a Massachusetts physician is required to diagnose and treat patients; a collaborative agreement is also required before NPs can prescribe medication.
Massachusetts nurse practitioners enjoy many options for earning a degree, and you can find all of the programs listed below. We recommend requesting information from the schools in our database, in order to make a well informed decision about your options for furthering your nursing education.
NP programs for Massachusetts nurses include online programs (such as the one offered by Georgetown University) and in-state programs such as:
- University of Massachusetts - Medical School. UMass Med School offers a variety of different paths to a master's degree which prepare grads to practice as nurse practitioners. A Graduate Entry Pathway is for students who have a baccalaureate in a field other than nursing; the Pre-master's pathway is for nurses who have a bachelor's degree in something other than nursing. The school also offers some interesting dual-focus programs, including the opportunity to add a geriatric specialization to the adult primary care or acute/critical care NP programs.
- Boston College. Like UMass, Boston College offers a multitude of pathways for nurses and non-nurses alike to pursue NP education. NP students can choose to specialize in adult gerontological health, family nursing, pediatrics, palliative care, pediatric palliative care, psych/mental health nursing or women's health.
- MGH Institute of Health Professions. MGH recently began offering Doctoral-level NP programs for BSN-prepared nurses who wish to become nurse practitioners. Students can specialize in acute care, adult primary care, family care, pediatrics and adult psych/mental health. Dual specialization programs - adult/gerontology and adult/women's health - are also available.