Welcome to the Old Colony state!
Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
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Graduation from a Board Approved RN program
Proof of English proficiency if courses were not instructed in English, fore more information click here
Passing NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Examination results
Licensure in a US territory, state, or the District of Columbia
Applicable fees ($275)
Verification of licensure through either the Verification of Nurse Licensure by Reciprocity form or www.nursys.com
US Social Security number
Click here to view the Nursing by Reciprocity Eligibility Requirements page.
If you need written license verification or a certification of standing for a foreign country or agency other than a state board of nursing, you must send your request to the Board’s office with the required fee of $15.
If your state does not participate in the Nursys verification system download this form - Link . Contact your state for applicable fees.
Effective as of April 4, 2016, all Non-U.S. educated nurses applying for Licensure by Reciprocity must now complete a Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools Evaluation (CGFNS). For more information click here
You will be required to take 15 hours of continuing education between renewal periods. Click here to learn more about continuing education. CE must include training on the issue of domestic and sexual violence as a condition of licensure and renewal.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
Toll free: 800.414.0168
Click here for Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing FAQs.