Top RN Schools
1. Northeastern University, Boston
The School of Nursing at Northeastern University is ranked among the top tier of American health care educational offerings by “U.S. News & World Report.” If you’re interested in making cities healthier places to live and improving health disparities among the urban poor, this may be the nursing school in Massachusetts you’ve been looking for. Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which houses the School of Nursing, is an important center for nurse research—the National Institutes of Health awarded it a $15 million grant to build a facility for nurse researcher scholars.
2. Simmons University, Boston
Simmons University is a women's college located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston. Close proximity to leading teaching hospitals and research facilities fosters close relationships between these institutions and Simmons, whose nursing students are encouraged to take full advantage of this. The student to faculty ratio is low, allowing students to form collaborative relationships with their instructors. Learning is more likely to take place through intimate group tutorials, case study analyses, seminars and team research than it is in large lecture halls. The school offers part-time study options for those who are juggling work and family obligations. Students master fundamental assessment and bedside skills in a state-of-the-arts simulation lab that's set up with fully equipped hospital beds and high-fidelity manikins that can be programmed to respond physiologically realistically.
3. Boston College, Chestnut Hill
Boston College welcomes students from all religious backgrounds, but it's a Jesuit university, and its Jesuit philosophy is reflected in the Connell School of Nursing's dedication to compassion and social justice. In 1947, when the school first opened, Boston College was still an all-male university, so the nursing school was the first of Boston College's undergraduate programs to accept female students. The program is one of the best in Massachusetts for anyone who wants to be a leader in improving health outcomes across diverse global populations. Eleven faculty members have been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing Fellows, and 67% of the faculty members are still clinical practitioners in their fields of specialty.
4. MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston
The MGH Institute of Health Professions was launched in 1873. It is connected with Massachusetts General Hospital and offers specialty graduate education programs like physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication sciences and disorders, physician assistant training and nursing. It is the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare, Boston’s prestigious nonprofit hospital and physician network. A high-tech simulation lab is housed in the Catherine Filene Shouse Building along with a skills lab and a physical assessment lab. The simulation lab is set up to resemble two acute-care inpatient units and is equipped with high-fidelity manikins, which respond realistically to stressful stimuli, so that students can hone core competencies before they participate in clinical rotations.
5. University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst
Nursing School Hub, which is one of the nation’s most comprehensive sources of information about nursing programs, recognizes UMass Amherst’s College of Nursing as one of the finest in the U.S. The college sees nurses as leaders amidst the great changes that are currently revolutionizing health care delivery, and it’s committed to making sure those leaders learn clinical proficiency and cultural sensitivity. The nursing school in Massachusetts is also a noted center of evidence-based nursing research; current faculty research projects include investigations into hope theory, nurse decision-making and the identification of medication errors and other adverse medical events in clinical environments. Clinical rotations are scheduled in a variety of health care facilities throughout central Massachusetts, including the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is located in Skinner Hall, a three-story, Georgian Revival building that’s one of UMass’s historic legacy buildings. Each of its five rooms is fitted with monitors, oxygen canisters and other hospital equipment so that nursing students can learn what it feels like to work in a clinical setting before they begin their clinical rotations.