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.

  • LPN Programs in Massachusetts

    Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
    215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
    (508) 485-9430 Visit Homepage
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    Bay Path Vocational Technical High School
    57 Old Muggett Hill Rd, Charlton, MA 01507
    (508) 248-5971 Visit Homepage
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    Berkshire Community College
    1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    (413) 499-4660 Visit Homepage
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    Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
    65 Pleasant St, Upton, MA 01568
    (508) 529-7758 Visit Homepage
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    Blue Hills Regional Technical School
    800 Randolph St, Canton, MA 02021
    (781) 828-5800 Visit Homepage
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    Bunker Hill Community College
    250 New Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129
    (617) 228-2000 Visit Homepage
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    Charles H. McCann Technical School
    70 Hodges Cross Road, North Adams, MA 01247
    (413) 663-5383 Visit Homepage
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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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    Greenfield Community College
    1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301
    (413) 775-1801 Visit Homepage
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    Holyoke Community College
    303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
    (413) 538-7000 Visit Homepage
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    Massachusetts Bay Community College
    50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
    (781) 239-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
    1050 Westminster St, Fitchburg, MA 01420
    (978) 345-9200 Visit Homepage
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    Mount Wachusett Community College
    444 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440
    (978) 632-6600 Visit Homepage
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    North Shore Community College
    1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923
    (978) 762-4000 Visit Homepage
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    Northern Essex Community College
    100 Elliott St, Haverhill, MA 01830
    (978) 556-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Quincy College
    1250 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 984-1700 Visit Homepage
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    Quinsigamond Community College
    670 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606
    (508) 853-2300 Visit Homepage
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    Roxbury Community College
    1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
    (617) 427-0060 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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 (

    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.

    Learn more about Massachusetts LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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

    1. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Allied Health Professionals (
    2. Massachusetts Nurses Association (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Massachusetts LPN to RN programs page.