Apply for a nursing license as a new graduate

You just graduated from a nursing program — now you need to get licensed in Massachusetts.

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Overview

If you want to be a nurse in Massachusetts, you need to be licensed by the Board of Registration in Nursing.

Eligibility

To be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Massachusetts you have to provide proof that you:

Fees

$430
$230 to apply for a license and $200 to take the NCLEX

The fees for RN and LPN licenses are:

  • $230 to apply
  • $200 to take the NCLEX

How to

The board contracts with Professional Credential Services (PCS) to process RN and LPN license applications. To apply for a license:

By mail

              Professional Credential Services
              ATTN: MA Nursing
              P.O. Box 198788
              Nashville, TN 37219

Once you have mailed your application to PCS:

  1. Register for the NCLEX.

    Register online with Pearson VUE or by phone at (866) 496-2539 to take the NCLEX.

  2. Ask your nursing program to send your official final transcripts and certificate of graduation directly to:

    Professional Credential Services 
    ATTN: MA Board of Registration in Nursing
    C/O MA Nurse Coordinator           
    P.O. Box 198788
    Nashville, TN 37219

  3. PCS will notify you by email when they receive your application.

    If your application is incomplete you will be asked to provide more information.

  4. Pearson VUE will email you an Authorization to Test (ATT) 24–48 hours after PCS approves your application.

    You must schedule and take the NCLEX within 60 days from the date the ATT was issued. If you don’t, you will have to reapply and pay all fees.

  5. Get your exam results.

    If you pass the NCLEX:

    • You will receive a congratulations email from PCS.
    • You can verify your license on the state nursing board website.

    If you didn’t pass the NCLEX:

More info

You can start work as a nurse once your license number appears on the board's website. You will receive your license in the mail in a few weeks. 

  • An RN license expires on your birthday in even-numbered years.
  • An LPN license expires on your birthday in odd-numbered years.
  • If your license is issued within 3 months of your birthday, it will be valid until the next renewal cycle.

Forms

RN/LPN application ( 605.61 KB)

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