The state of Massachusetts offers a long list of highly-ranked nursing colleges. At least six colleges and universities in the state rank in the top 100 best schools for a nursing education. Although rankings may vary depending on the area of specialty, the following are the top three best nursing colleges in Massachusetts, as published by U.S. News and World Report.
* Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts: In 2007, U.S. News and World Report ranked Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing 26th among the best graduate nursing programs in the nation, making it the best nursing college in the state of Massachusetts. Founded in 1947, the Connell School offers undergraduate and graduate programs for students interested in a career in nursing. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered with a wide range of clinical specialty options, including adult health, forensic nursing, gerontology, pediatric health, and women’s health.
* University of Massachusetts – Amherst: The School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst was ranked 54th in the nation in 2007, making it the second highest-ranked nursing program in the state. Established in 1953, the School of Nursing at Amherst offers the best nursing programs in the University of Massachusetts system. Undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered, including an online R.N. to B.S. option, a Master of Science in Nursing, an online clinical nurse leader program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in Nursing.
* Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University’s Bouv’e College of Health Sciences offers the third-best nursing program in the state, with an overall national rank of 63rd. The School of Nursing, a division of the Bouv’e College of Health Sciences, prepares students for careers in healthcare through a variety of undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs. Nursing degrees offered at Northeastern include a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, a Doctor of Philosophy, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Further down on the list of the best nursing colleges in Massachusetts are Simmons College in Boston, Fitchburgh State College, Worcester State College, and several additional members of the University of Massachusetts system, including the Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester campuses. More information about the best nursing colleges in Massachusetts can be found at the official website for U.S. News and World Report. More information about the colleges and universities discussed above can be found on the individual school websites.