Lowell, MA (population: 104,063) has fifteen nurse practitioner schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Boston College, the highest ranked school in this group with a nurse practitioner program, has a total student population of 15,036. It is the 29th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Nurse Practitioner students from Lowell schools who go on to become nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, natural health practitioners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today.
Lowell lies in Middlesex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford-NH NECTA area has 115,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $26.02/hr average worker wage, and a $54,110 average annual salary.
Of the 15 nurse practitioner schools with a 100-mile radius of Lowell, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing comes out as the most expensive ($31,640/yr) for nurse practitioner students, with University of New Hampshire at Manchester as the lowest, reported at only $10,334/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lowell|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||10.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||22.6 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||46.3 miles|