Boston RN Programs - Massachusetts

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RN Programs in Boston, Massachusetts

In Boston, one can become a registered nurse with either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. He or she can complete a degree either online or on campus from an approved program, though clinical experience is also necessary.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

An ADN typically takes two years of full-time study to complete. The advantages of this type of degree program are that it is earned in a short amount of time and it can be less costly than a baccalaureate program.

Earning a BSN takes an average of four years of full-time study. Graduates of these programs are in high demand, and are often more qualified for promotions than are ADN-educated nurses. Those who earn a BSN may have the potential for higher salaries than those with a lesser degree.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Boston RN programs are located both on campuses and online. A traditional classroom-based program is beneficial for those who enjoy interacting with other students and face-to-face with professors. These programs also provide structure. Online RN programs are great for those who need a more flexible class schedule.

Once one has completed the RN program of his or her choice, he or she must then pass the NCLEX-RN and apply for licensure in the state in which he or she intends to practice.

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Which schools offer Boston RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Boston?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Massachusetts. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Massachusetts. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Massachusetts.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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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

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Other Boston Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02467
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
University of Massachusetts - Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

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