MA Board of Registration in Nursing

Estimated Processing Times

The processing times below are general guidelines and reflect the average current timeframes for reciprocity and exam applications for licensure, applications for APRN authorization and transcripts and supporting documentation evaluation.  Application processing times can vary based on individual circumstances.  

The processing times below for applications are for complete applications in Final Review status.  Applications reach Final Review status after all required documentation has been added to the applicant’s account. Applicants will receive an email from PCS on the date they reach “Final Review Status” after we have received all required documents.

Note: Transcripts and other supporting documentation will not be marked off your application track until they have been reviewed.   This is not automatically checked off the day we receive or download your documents. Please refer below for estimated processing times.

  • Transcripts –  Reviewing transcripts received after  November 16, 2021. in the order received. This time frame starts from the day you have an APPLICATION SUBMITTED and PCS has received your approved TRANSCRIPT or CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATION.  
  • Verifications and CertificationsReviewing Verifications and Certifications received after November 16, 2021 in the order received. This time frame starts from the day you have an APPLICATION SUBMITTED and PCS has received your verification or certification.  
  • Initial Licensure by Exam Applications in Final Review Status for Authorization to Test (ATT) –  Reviewing applications in Final Review status  after November 20,2021 in order the application was COMPLETE.  This time frame starts from the day we have received all required documentation and you have received an email stating you are in Final Review Status.  
  • NCLEX Exam ResultsProcessing NCLEX exam results received after November 17, 2021 in order received.
  • Reciprocity Applications in Final Review StatusReviewing applications in Final Review Status after November 18, 2021. This time frame starts from the day we have received all required documentation and you have received an email stating you are in Final Review Status
  • APRN Authorization Applications in Final Review StatusReviewing applications  in Final Review Status after November 8, 2021.  This time frame starts from the day we have received ALL required documentation AND you have received an email stating you are in Final Review Status