Information for nurses educated outside of the United States

Learn how you can apply for a nursing license in Massachusetts

If your nursing education was not provided in English, you must pass one of the Board approved English Proficiency Exams | (DOC) and submit them to PCS.

All non-U.S. educated nurses applying for Licensure by Reciprocity or Exam must complete a Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation.

You must submit the CGFNS evaluation report of foreign nurse education credentials to PCS. Applications for Licensure by Reciprocity that do not include the CGFNS evaluation will be considered incomplete and will not be processed by PCS.

Submit your Registered Nurse By Exam (Foreign Educated) application:

To speak directly with an Applicant Navigation Services professional, call: (215) 222-8454.

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