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MassBay Community College has been ranked as the #1 Practical Nursing (PN) Program in Massachusetts for 2023 by, a nursing advocacy organization.


“MassBay has a long and proud tradition of educating the next generation of nurses who serve the MetroWest and Greater Boston area,” said MassBay President David Podell. “We provide our students with the crucial combination they need to be successful nurses: comprehensive technical training and skills development, and access to the state-of-the-art health sciences equipment they will see in the field. We are grateful for this prestigious recognition and commend the hard-working faculty, staff, and students who have enabled us to earn it.” assessed MassBay’s Practical Nursing program on several factors, all of which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. One key consideration is past and present first-time pass rates of the NCLEX-PN, the required certification exam used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to assess a student’s competency.


In their assessment of the MassBay PN program, states, “Students learn both theory and practice as part of the program, with clinical experiences taking place at area health care facilities to emphasize best nursing practices as they relate to direct patient care.”


“This is the sixth consecutive year our Practical Nursing (PN) students earned a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam,” said MassBay’s Dean of Health Sciences, Dr. Lynne Davis. “Our exceptional faculty understand the field of nursing, and the MassBay PN curriculum prepares our students for the challenges of the modern health care environment. We are grateful for the recognition from of our outstanding program.”


Publishing their annual rankings since 2014, describes themselves as “nurses helping future nurses,” and their goal is “to guide those interested in pursuing the exciting career in healthcare…Our trusted nursing experts are informed educators, experienced in their crafts, and advocates for healthcare professionals.”


MassBay offers a Practical Nursing certificate, as well as an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate program. Other health sciences programs at MassBay’s include associate degrees and certificate programs in Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, Central Processing Technology, Computed Tomography, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Medical Coding, Medical Office Administration Assistant, Paramedicine, and Phlebotomy. MassBay will be opening a new, 65,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art Center for Health Sciences, Early Childhood, and Human Services at the corner of Mt. Wayte and Franklin Ave. in Framingham in January 2024.


Prospective students interested in nursing or other health science programs can contact the MassBay Office of Admissions at 781-239-2500 or Spring classes begin on Monday, January 22, 2024, in MassBay’s New Center for Health Sciences, Early Childhood, and Human Services.