Apply for APRN authorization

You graduated from a program preparing you for practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You have successfully completed the certification process in one or more clinical categories. Now you can apply for board authorization to practice.

Board of Registration in Nursing

The Details of Apply for APRN authorization

What you need for Apply for APRN authorization

Special alert during COVID-19 public health emergency: 

Pursuant to the Order of the Commissioner of Public Health, issued March 26, 2020, and related guidance, APRNs with more than 2 years’ supervised practice experience or its equivalent 1) no longer require prescriptive supervision from a physician during the State of Emergency and 2) will automatically be issued a Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) upon authorization from the Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) to engage in the advanced practice of nursing (APRNs).  The MCSR is active commensurate with the completion of registration with BORN.  

Do not attempt to register for an MCSR or amend an active MCSR at this time.  The prescriptive authority of your new or current MCSR is now determined by the conditions set forth in the Order of the Commissioner authorizing independent practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses issued on March 26, 2020.​

APRNs with less than 2 year’s supervised practice experience or its equivalent who currently hold an MCSR need make no changes or applications.  APRNs with less than 2 year’s supervised practice experience or its equivalent who do not yet hold an MCSR, should apply for an MCSR in the ordinary course.

See the full order and guidance.

You must provide proof of:

Fees for Apply for APRN authorization

Name Fee Unit
APRN authorization fee $150 per application

How to apply Apply for APRN authorization

Professional Credential Services (PCS) processes Advanced Practice Registered Nurse authorization applications for the Board. To apply for Board authorization:

  • Complete the Massachusetts APRN Authorization Application online
  • Request official transcript(s) from your educational program(s)
  • Request LPN, RN, or APRN verification from any and all jurisdictions that you hold or have ever held a nursing license

Request your transcript and verification documents to be sent to an agent at the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Our agent must receive your documents from the primary source.

You can contact Professional Credential Services, Inc. toll-free at (877) 887-9727.

More info for Apply for APRN authorization

  • Once we receive all of the required documents, we will examine them to make sure you supplied all necessary information.
  • We may require you to request additional written documentation from your educational program if your transcript does not reflect the Board’s educational requirements. We will contact you if this is the case.
  • 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).

Contact for Apply for APRN authorization

250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
Board of Registration in Nursing 617-973-0984
Board of Registration in Nursing - SARP 617-887-8786