Becoming an LPN in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts is improving the availability of healthcare for all people, including the health of their nurses. They believe that high standards of nursing education will foster involvement in the processes that shape the policies, benefiting the entire community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a small 6% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year is predicted for Massachusetts by 2024. Individuals interested in meeting the growing demand for nurses can become an LPN by completing an approved LPN program or by transferring their current license from another state.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Massachusetts

    Are you interested in becoming an LPN in the state of Massachusetts? A state-approved nursing program is a necessity when applying for licensure. We've counted roughly 20 schools in the state consisting of private nursing schools, vocational centers, and community colleges-all of which are viable options. However, we've extensively researched NCLEX-PN pass-rates and created a list of the top 5 LPN school for the state of Massachusetts.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School

    65 Pleasant St, Upton, MA 01568 - (508) 529-7758 - Visit Homepage

    Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School (BVT) is located in Upton, Massachusetts. BVT believes in developing an individual's potential by building supportive relationships that deliver rigorous and relevant education, promoting life-long learning and career development, utilizing state-of-the art technology and challenging, comprehensive competency-based instruction.

    Overall Score: 100.00
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    Blue Hills Regional Technical School

    800 Randolph St, Canton, MA 02021 - (781) 828-5800 - Visit Homepage

    Blue Hills Regional Technical School is located in Canton, Massachusetts. Blue Hills Regional pursues academic excellence through knowledge, technical training, and character development through a curriculum that emphasizes cutting-edge technology and challenging coursework, enabling students to become competent in their chosen fields.

    Overall Score: 98.40 - Request Info on Blue Hills Regional Technical School
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    North Shore Community College

    1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923 - (978) 762-4000 - Visit Homepage

    North Shore Community College (NSCC) is located in Danvers, Massachusetts, with additional locations in Lynn and Beverly. NSCC believes in blending tradition and innovation, career preparation, intellectual development and cultural growth to foster a community of learners, responding to lifelong education needs in a global economy.

    Overall Score: 96.40 - Request Info on North Shore Community College
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    Charles H. Mccann Technical School

    70 Hodges Cross Road, North Adams, MA 01247 - (413) 663-5383 - Visit Homepage

    McCann Technical School, located in North Adam, Massachusetts, emphasizes hands-on training and project-based learning, alongside traditional learning experiences. McCann Technical School is committed to being a leader of quality technical education and academic achievement by being student-focused and providing an environment conducive to learning.

    Overall Score: 94.50
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    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School

    251 Stonehaven Rd, Fall River, MA 02723 - (508) 678-2891 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 93.10 - Request Info on Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School

    Continued List of All Programs in Massachusetts

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #6 Mount Wachusett Community College
    444 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440
    (978) 632-6600 Visit Homepage
    93.10Request Information
    #7 Greenfield Community College
    1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301
    (413) 775-1801 Visit Homepage
    92.90Request Information
    #8 Northern Essex Community College
    100 Elliott St, Haverhill, MA 01830
    (978) 556-3000 Visit Homepage
    92.30Request Information
    #9 Holyoke Community College
    303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
    (413) 538-7000 Visit Homepage
    91.30Request Information
    #10 Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
    1050 Westminster St, Fitchburg, MA 01420
    (978) 345-9200 Visit Homepage
    91.00Request Information
    #11 Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
    215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
    (508) 485-9430 Visit Homepage
    90.60Request Information
    #12 Bay Path Vocational Technical High School
    57 Old Muggett Hill Rd, Charlton, MA 01507
    (508) 248-5971 Visit Homepage
    89.40Request Information
    #13 Quinsigamond Community College
    670 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606
    (508) 853-2300 Visit Homepage
    88.20Request Information
    #14 Massachusetts Bay Community College
    50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
    (781) 239-3000 Visit Homepage
    84.90Request Information
    #15 Quincy College
    1250 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 984-1700 Visit Homepage
    83.80Request Information
    #16 Berkshire Community College
    1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    (413) 499-4660 Visit Homepage
    82.00Request Information
    #17 Roxbury Community College
    1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
    (617) 427-0060 Visit Homepage
    69.30Request Information

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  • Massachusetts LPN Licensing Requirements

    Massachusetts requires individuals interested in becoming an LPN in the state to first attend an approved practical nursing program. Then he or she was register, sit for, and pass the required testing—the NCLEX-PN exam.

    To apply for licensure the applicant must submit:

    • The licensure by exam application.
    • A declaration of the primary state of residence.
    • Pass a criminal background check.

    Massachusetts Applications and Licensing Forms (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/licensing/applications-and-other-forms.html)

    Lifting patients, standing for long periods of time, and pushing and pulling medical machinery may be a physical requirement of working as an LPN.

    To apply for a licensed in the state of Massachusetts by reciprocity, the applicant must submit a completed Determination of Eligibility for Practical Nurse Reciprocity, and by submitting an official transcript from the attended state-approved nursing program in their state of origin. The transcript must include:

    • Dates the student entered and withdrew (or graduated) from the school.
    • Proof that the student was in good standing.
    • Calculation of theory and clinical clock hours that were successfully completed.
    • Statement verifying that coursework and clinical practice was in medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetrical, mental health, and nursing concepts.

    Additional MA Nursing Resources

    Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    239 Causeway Street, Second Floor
    Boston, MA 02114
    Phone: (617) 973-0800
    Fax: (617) 973-0984
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/

    1. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Allied Health Professionals (http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/ah/)
    2. Massachusetts Nurses Association (http://www.massnurses.org)

  • LPN Salary: Massachusetts vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Massachusetts LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Massachusetts was $54,300; $11,100 more than the national median income for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Massachusetts (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=25&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 6% increase in LPN jobs in Massachusetts by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 560 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Massachusetts Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information organized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Massachusetts. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Boston, Cambridge, Newton5,800$26.51$55,130
    Worcester1,900$25.97$54,020
    Springfield1,670$23.63$49,140
    Lawrence, Methuen Town, Salem1,150$27.34$56,860
    Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford970$25.99$54,060
    Peabody, Salem, Beverly640$28.43$59,130
    Barnstable Town630$28.58$59,440
    Brockton, Bridgewater, Easton470$26.54$55,200
    Framingham460$25.44$52,910
    Taunton, Middleborough, Norton460$26.52$55,170
    New Bedford380$25.28$52,590
    Pittsfield370$23.77$49,440
    Lynn, Saugus, Marblehead310$28.08$58,400
    Leominster, Gardner260$25.06$52,120
    Haverhill, Newburyport, Amesbury Town250$25.98$54,030