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Massachusetts Practical Nurse (PN) Initial Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated

Important Note: If you have already been certified by PCS as a graduate of a Board approved nursing education program located outside of the US or in Canada, do not complete this application. Please complete the Initial Nurse Licensure by Examination (NCLEX) Application.

STEP 1. Download, complete, and submit the appropriate application, supporting documentation, and fees to PCS.

  • Canadian Educated:

INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION TO COMPLETE CERTIFICATION GRADUATION FROM A BOARD APPROVED NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM LOCATED IN CANADA

  • All Other Foreign Educated Applicants:

INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION TO COMPLETE CERTIFICATION GRADUATION FROM A BOARD APPROVED NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE TERRITORIES OF AMERICAN SAMOA, GUAM, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, and U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

Additional application information

TESTS OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (LICENSURE POLICY 06-01)

 

STEP 2: PCS reviews applications and documents for completeness and accuracy.

  • If education does not meet Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requirements, the Board will notify the applicant in writing.
  • If education meets Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requirements, the applicants will receive a Letter of Eligibility along with the Massachusetts Nurse License Application Packet.

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