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Apply for a nursing license by exam
Board of Registration in Nursing
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What you need for Apply for a nursing license by exam
To become a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Massachusetts, you must meet eligibility requirements.
Am I eligible?
To be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Massachusetts, you have to provide proof that you:
- Graduated from a board-approved nursing program
- Educational Requirements for licensure Applicants Educated in an Out of State Nursing Program (PDF) | (DOCX)
- Are of Good Moral Character, as defined by state law
- Have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
If you were educated outside of the United States, see our information for foreign educated nurses.
If you were educated outside of Massachusetts, see Information for Graduates of US Nursing Programs and Eligibility for Licensure in Massachusetts (PDF) | (DOCX)
When can I start working as a nurse in the state of Massachusetts?
- You can start working as a nurse once your license number appears on the Massachusetts Health Professions License Verification website
- You and your employer may print a copy of your license verification from the Board's website
Fees for Apply for a nursing license by exam
Credit card is the only accepted form of payment.
How to apply Apply for a nursing license by exam
Go to the Health Professions Licensing Portal and create an account, or log into your existing account to complete your RN or LPN license application. If this is your first time using this new portal, please visit Health Professions Licensing System User Guide.
More info for Apply for a nursing license by exam
- Massachusetts does not have a 'graduate nurse' status.
- Massachusetts does not issue temporary licenses and does not take part in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
- Pursuant to G.L. c. 30A, s. 13A and G.L. c. 62C, s. 47A, the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is required to obtain your SSN and forward it to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue will use your SSN to ascertain whether or not you are in compliance with Massachusetts tax laws (G.L. c. 62C, s. 47A) and child support laws (G.L. c. 119A, s.16).