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.


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.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Massachusetts click here.

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 & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Massachusetts 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
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
Taunton, Middleborough, Norton460$26.52$55,170
New Bedford380$25.28$52,590
Lynn, Saugus, Marblehead310$28.08$58,400
Leominster, Gardner260$25.06$52,120
Haverhill, Newburyport, Amesbury Town250$25.98$54,030

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

Top Ranked Massachusetts LPN Programs


Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School

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

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

Overall Score: 100.00

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

North Shore Community College

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

North Shore Community College 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

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

Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School

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

At Diman Regional Technical Institute, Practical Nursing graduates will be occupationally-skilled workers whose academic, vocational/technical, and workplace competencies will make them responsive to socioeconomic, technological, and environmental challenges in a complex and changing society.

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

Continued List of All Programs in Massachusetts

#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

Programs Not Included In Rankings

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 228-2000 Visit Homepage
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