Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has three practical nursing schools within its city limits. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the highest ranked school in the city with a practical nursing program, has a total student population of 4,252. It is the 336th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Practical Nursing students from Boston schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. 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. In fact, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 7,280 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $49,660. Registered nurses in this area earn $88,730/yr and there are 46,790 employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 27.756 out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by registered nurses, and 4.319/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 3 practical nursing schools in Boston, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences comes out as the most expensive ($28,121/yr) for practical nursing students, with University of Massachusetts-Boston as the lowest, reported at only $11,506/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|