ADN to MSN Programs in Massachusetts

Several schools in Massachusetts offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs to those who with just an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN). Students may be able to choose a program focus such as nurse practitioner or nurse administrator.

Boston College

Registered nurses who have earned an ADN can earn a Master of Science in Nursing with a nursing generalist concentration at Boston College. Students must complete a total of 112 undergraduate credits (including credits transferred from their ADN) before taking 16 master's-level classes, which cover topics in population health, epidemiology, and adult health.

College of Our Lady of the Elms

College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA, has an RN-to-MSN program that allows registered nurses who have an ADN and a non-nursing bachelor's degree to earn a Master of Science in Nursing in around 28 months. Students are required to complete four bridge courses (13 credit hours) before entering the graduate coursework, which can be concentrated in school nursing (41 credit hours), nursing & health services management (35 credit hours), or nursing education (37 credit hours).

Endicott College

Licensed RNs who have earned an Associate's Degree in Nursing and a non-nursing bachelor's degree can earn a Master of Science in Nursing at Endicott College in Beverly by completing the pre-master's pathway program followed by the MSN program. The bridge consists of up to four courses, or 13 credit hours, and prepares nurses for the traditional MSN program. Students can choose an MSN concentration of family nurse practitioner (45 credit hours), global health (33 credit hours), nursing administration (33 credit hours), or nursing education (33 credit hours).

MCPHS University

Boston's Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or MCPHS University, has a 62-credit ADN-to-MSN program for registered nurses that takes around three years to complete (two classes each semester). Students will attend an orientation and at least four residencies (one to three days each) during their program and will earn a Master of Science in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus.

Regis College

Regis College offers two MSN programs for registered nurses who do not have a BSN: the RN-to-MSN program is for nurses who have an ADN and a non-nursing bachelor's degree, while the RN-to-BSN-to-MSN program is for nurses who only have an ADN only (both a BSN and an MSN are awarded). The credit hours required vary depending on previously completed coursework, but both MSN programs at this Weston, MA, school allow students to choose from nurse practitioner (NP) tracks in family, pediatrics, adult-gerontology, psychiatric-mental health, and women's health.

Salem State University

At Salem State University, registered nurses who have both an ADN and a non-nursing bachelor's degree can purse an MSN with a concentration of nursing leadership in health systems (42 credit hours), nursing education (39 credit hours), or adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP, 45 credit hours). Courses are offered online and on campus (evenings), and students can finish their program in as few as three years of part-time study.

Simmons University

Registered nurses who have an ADN can directly pursue a Master of Science in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus at Simmons University in Boston. Students can complete 68 credit hours of coursework online, as well as clinical practice at a site near their location, in as little as three years.

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

Nurses with an ADN and a BS or BA degree in a non-nursing field can complete bridge courses to qualify for the MSN program at the Dartmouth campus of the University of Massachusetts. The MSN portion of the program consists of online courses (39 credit hours) and clinical practicum experiences, and it can be focused in global public health or nursing & healthcare education.

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

University of Massachusetts - Lowell has a fast-track program for students that involves earning both a BSN and an MSN in as few as three years. Students first enter the BSN and apply for the Fast Track MS program, finishing the undergraduate work in as few as 15 months. The MSN program has an option for RNs as well as an option for prelicensure students. Registered nurses can finish their MSN in as few as four semesters (42 credit hours) with a focus in family health nursing or adult/gerontological nursing.

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

The University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester has an MSN program for registered nurses who have an ADN and a non-nursing bachelor's degree; the program is referred to as the Pre-Graduate Option (PGO) to Advanced Generalist RN (AGRN). Students complete a total of 33 credit hours over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study with a curriculum focus of advanced generalist registered nurse.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Boston College RN-to-MS $29,412
College of Our Lady of the Elms RN-to-MSN $14,328
Endicott College RN-to-MSN $12,191
MCPHS University ADN-to-MSN Bridge $21,510
Regis College RN-to-MSN
RN-to-BSN-to-MSN
$41,015
Salem State University MSN $2,520 in-state, $4,140 out-of-state
Simmons University RN-to-MSN $21,726
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth RN-to-MSN $15,912 in-state, $28,716 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts - Lowell Fast Track MSN $14,590 in-state, $26,370 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester PGO-to-AGRN$23,797 in-state, $35,313 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Students who have an Associate's Degree in Nursing can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at several schools in Massachusetts. Many programs can be completed in two to three years and allow students to select program concentrations such as nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, or nurse educator.

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