Massachusetts is a small state with a big reputation. This New England state can proudly boast to being in the forefront of our country’s development. The beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and the Boston Tea Party all took place here. The average annual household income for these citizens is around $65,400 with health and education being the dominating employment fields. It hosts Harvard University, the oldest university in our country, and was home of the first women’s college, Mount Holyoke College. Today the University of Massachusetts, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and others educate our future medical providers.
Massachusetts has projected a medical care growth of 43% in Home Health Care, 32% in Residential Care Facilities and 14% Hospital and Private Facilities growth through 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected the nursing field to grow 26% through 2120. The opportunities in the nursing field continue to grow with medical advancements in technology and our changing population demographics. Over 150,000 students are currently enrolled in some sort of nursing program throughout the state. Even at this rate, Massachusetts is anticipating a nursing shortage as the population ages.
There are different paths to obtaining a registered nursing degree. Some students get their BA degree, others choose the AS degree program and yet others choose to go through a certification program. All of these options are viable programs to reach the goals of the students involved. Any one of these will meet the necessary education, skills, and licensing requirements to become a nursing professional.
Along the way, students will need financial aid. Massachusetts currently has several Financial Aid Programs available. Grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, loans as well as payback programs are available for Massachusetts’ residents. Most of these options are offered through the Financial Aid Office where the students are attending college or university. Employers also offer financial aid options. They may have a payback program, tuition waiver system or scholarship. Whatever the need, many students can find help from multiple sources.