I have graduated from Nursing School. What do I need to do to take the licensure exam? Application information related to Massachusetts nurse licensure by examination is available on-line ( www.pcshq.com) or by telephone (toll-free at 877-887-9727) from Professional Credential Services on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

I did not complete my Registered Nurse education program. Can I obtain Practical Nurse licensure by reciprocity or take the Practical Nurse licensure exam? A Practical Nurse seeking reciprocity or an applicant for licensure by exam who has not completed a Registered Nurse program in any state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. Territory must meet the following academic requirements for Practical Nurse licensure in Massachusetts:

  • be officially withdrawn in good standing from a Registered Nurse program, having successfully completed (i.e. received a passing grade in both the classroom and clinical component of a nursing course) the minimum number of clock hours and nursing content required for graduation from a Massachusetts Board-approved Practical Nurse program to be eligible for Practical Nurse licensure (students currently enrolled in a Registered Nurse program would need meet the statutory criteria and therefore are not eligible for Practical Nurse licensure by examination).
  • Eligible individuals may download the necessary form to request determination of eligibility for Practical Nurse reciprocity or to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Applications

I am a nurse in Canada . How do I become licensed in Massachusetts? The licensure application process is accomplished in two steps.

Step 1: apply for certification of graduation from an approved, non-US nursing education program. This certification is completed by the Professional Credential Services, on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, and is based on a determination that the non-US nursing education is designed to prepare the graduate for practice as a first-level generalist (comparable to a Registered Nurse) or a second-level generalist (comparable to a Practical Nurse), as defined by the International Council on Nursing.

Applicants can download the application and additional information for Certification of Graduation from an Approved Nursing Education Program from Professional Credential Services (PCS), Inc, at www.pcshq.com. Applicants can also contact PCS by telephone within the United States toll-free at 877-887-9727 or from outside the United States at 615-880-4227.

Please also note that Board regulation 244 CMR 8.02 requires graduates of nursing education programs located outside the United States and whose language of nursing instruction was a language other than English to demonstrate English proficiency.

Step 2: requires the applicant who is certified by PCS as a graduate of an approved nursing education program to apply for nurse licensure by examination (NCLEX). Licensure by examination applications are available by contacting PCS. Please also note that all licensure applications are required by state law to provide your U.S. Social Security Number when applying for a Massachusetts nurse license. However, in the event you are not eligible to obtain a US SSN at the time of your application, you will be requested to complete a US Social Security Number affidavit in which you will attest that you are not currently eligible for a US SSN; that you will apply for a US SSN as soon as you become eligible; and that you will immediately provide the Board with your US SSN upon its receipt. PCS will provide the US Social Security Number affidavit form to you. Information on how to obtain a US SSN is contained in the application instruction sheet. In the event an applicant fails to provide his or her US SSN or fails to complete the US SSN affidavit, PCS will not process the application.

Application information related to Massachusetts nurse licensure by reciprocity is available on-line ( www.pcshq.com ) or by telephone (toll-free at 877-887-9727) from Professional Credential Services on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

I received my nursing education in another country. How do I become licensed to practice nursing in Massachusetts ? The licensure application process is accomplished in two steps:

Step 1: Apply for certification of graduation from a Board-approved, non-US nursing education program. Applicants can download the application and additional information for Certification of Graduation from an Approved Nursing Education Program Located Outside the United States and its Territories from Professional Credential Services (PCS), Inc, at www.pcshq.com. Applicants can also contact PCS by telephone within the United States toll-free at 877-887-9727 or from outside the United States at 615-880-4227. Detailed CGFNS information is available from the CGFNS at www.cgfns.org or by telephone at (215) 599-6200.

Please note that Board regulation 244 CMR 8.02 requires graduates of nursing education programs located outside the United States and whose language of nursing instruction was a language other than English to demonstrate English proficiency.

Step 2: requires the applicant who is certified as a graduate of an approved nursing education program to apply to PCS, on behalf of the Board, for initial nurse licensure by examination (NCLEX). Licensure by examination applications are available by contacting PCS ( www.pcshq.com ).

Applicants for certification of graduation from a Board-approved nursing education program located outside the United States and its territories are required to provide their U.S. Social Security Number. However, in the event you are not eligible to obtain a US SSN at the time of your application, you will be requested to complete a US Social Security Number affidavit in which you will attest that you are not currently eligible for a US SSN; that you will apply for a US SSN as soon as you become eligible; and that you will immediately provide the Board with your US SSN upon its receipt. PCS will provide the US Social Security Number affidavit form to you. Information on how to obtain a US SSN is contained in the application instruction sheet. In the event an applicant fails to provide his or her US SSN or fails to complete the US SSN affidavit, PCS will not process the application.


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.