Massachusetts FNP Programs
We found 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Programs in Massachusetts. Registered nurses in Massachusetts seeking an Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree may select from numerous accredited programs based in the state.
Nearly eighty percent of MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). MSN programs at Endicott College and Regis College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Both ACEN and CCNE accreditation ensures that the program has been certified as offering an effective and high quality education that reflects current professional standards.
Online MSN Programs in Massachusetts
Elms College in Chicopee offers several 100% Online MSN degrees with concentrations in Nursing and Health Sciences Management, Nursing Education, School Nursing, or an MSN-MBA program. The majority of classes may be completed in an asynchronous manner, but practicum classes may require some synchronous online sessions to aid in the development of the required capstone project. The MSN programs may be completed in 2 years, while the MSN-MBA program may be completed in 3 years with full-time study.
Endicott College in Beverly offers an Online MS in Nursing Administration. The 33 credit program uses an accelerated model to allow for completion within 18-24 months. The program is delivered with a hybrid model, offering both online and evening courses. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the Nurse Executive Board Certificate Exam offered by the AACN.
Simmons University in Boston offers an Online RN to MSN program and a MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. The RN to MSN program is designed to prepare nurses who do not have a bachelor's degree to become Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). The program requires 68 course credits and a minimum of 836 clinical hours; full-time students may complete the program in 32 months. Nurses who already have a bachelor's degree and would like to become a FNP may select the MSN option and complete the program in 24 months.
Licensure in Massachusetts
Nurses who graduate from MSN programs that prepare Nurse Practitioners are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) by the Board of Registration in Nursing. Requirements for licensure include current RN licensure; transcripts from your educational program; proof of graduate level coursework in pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics; current national certification; and good moral character, as defined by state law.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Massachusetts NPs have a restricted practice environment. This means that state law or rule requires physician supervision, delegation, or team management by another health care provider as a condition for an NP to provide direct patient care. Restrictions in law or rule may also limit NP scope of practice.
MSN and FNP Salaries in Massachusetts
According to data published in May 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts was $122,740. This is significantly higher than the average RN salary of $92,140.
According to a 2018 report by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the largest employers of RNs with master’s degrees were academic medical centers, ambulatory care centers/hospitals, and physician’s offices. Counties in the central and western portion of the state have a shortage of nurses when compared to the concentration of nurses in the eastern portion of the state.