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Massachusetts Nurse Practitioner Programs
(found programs from 20 schools)

State Nursing Board: Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

State Nurses Association: Massachusetts Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Massachusetts Hospital Association


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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.

Programs from Massachusetts Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner programs with campus locations in Massachusetts.

Featured Online Programs:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Program Name: Adult Health NP/CNS, Community Health NP/CNS, Family Health NP/CNS, Gerontological NP/CNS, Pediatric Health NP/CNS, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP/CNS, Women's Health NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MCPHS University (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: MSN with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online)
MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Adult Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontology NP, Adult-Women’s Health NP, Family NP, NP, Pediatrics NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Women’s Health NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary and Acute Care, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Simmons School of Social Work (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult Primary Care (NP), Family Primary Health Care (NP), Parent Child Primary Health Care (NP or School NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
UMassOnline (Shrewbury, MA)
Program Name: Graduate Certificate - Nurse Practitioner Post Master (online)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Amherst, MA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Advanced Practitioner (Adult Health)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Program Name: Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, Family Health Nursing, Gerontological Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Medical School (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Adult Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with Adult/Acute Critical Care or Adult Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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