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Massachusetts Practical Nurse (PN) by First Time Exam: U.S. Educated

STEP 1: Read the Statutes, Rules, Regulations and Policies linked below. This is a signature requirement on the applicationYour signature will attest that you have completed this requirement.

STATUTES, RULES, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES

STEP 2: Read Instructions and Information for Application for Initial Nurse Licensure by Examination linked below.

INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION FOR APPLICATION FOR INITIAL NURSE LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

STEP 3:  REGISTER WITH PEARSON VUE to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

  • For questions about Pearson Vue’s testing center identification policies and/or general questions please contact Pearson Vue at 1-866-496-2539 or visit www.vue.com/NCLEX.

STEP 4: Request to have your Certificate of Graduation and your Official Final Transcript sent directly to PCS from your educational program.

  • To send your transcript, please choose one of the two following options:
    • Electronic Transcripts: PCS will accept final official electronic transcripts received directly from the primary source (such as the School, Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse) via secure server to transcripts@pcshq.com.
    • Transcripts via Postal Mail: Official Final Transcripts must be mailed by the educational program directly to PCS at:
      ATTN: MA Board of Registration in Nursing
      C/O MA Nurse Coordinator
      P.O. Box 198788 Nashville, TN 37219
  • All Certificate of Graduation forms must be mailed by the educational program directly to PCS at:
    ATTN: MA Board of Registration in Nursing
    C/O MA Nurse Coordinator
    P.O. Box 198788 Nashville, TN 37219
  • PCS cannot accept transcripts received from the applicant. The nursing program must send the Certificate of Graduation and Official Final Transcript directly to PCS.

CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATION FORM- MASSACHUSETTS NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM

CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATION FORM- OUT OF STATE NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM CANDIDATES

STEP 5:  Read Good Moral Character Requirements for Licensure.

GOOD MORAL CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE

Applicants for initial nurse licensure or initial APRN authorization by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) must comply with the “good moral character” (GMC) requirement specified at Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112, sections 74, 74A and 76. The Board requires applicants who answer “yes” to questions related to criminal or disciplinary history to provide specific documentation for GMC evaluation directly to the Board after submitting a completed application inclusive of fees to PCS.

STEP 6: Submit required fees and then complete the online application, including the Child Protective Services (CPS) Background Record Request Form. This form is the last page of the application.

Before starting your application, have the following information available:

  • Your Initial PN education program name, location, graduation date and program code.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, please call customer service at 877-887-9727.
  • Payment will be made by credit card. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

STEP 7: Upload your 2×2 color passport style photo to your account page: Submit your application and then click on your name from the home page, select Candidate Home, and go to Uploads. You will then select “2×2 Color Passport Style Photo” for the file type, select the correct corresponding application, choose file to upload, and click Upload Your File.

  • Photo must be passport style with a solid background. Driver’s license photos or photos of identification cards/passports will not be accepted.
  • Your photo is good for one year.  You do not need to upload a new photo with a resubmitted application or re-exam application if your previous photo was uploaded less than one year ago.

STEP 8: PCS reviews applications upon receipt of all required documentation.  PCS will notify applicant by email of any discrepancies.

STEP 9: Applicant receives Authorization to Test (ATT) via email from Pearson Vue.

STEP 10: Applicant schedules and takes NCLEX within 60 days of issuance of ATT.

Failure to take the examination within 60 days of issuance of the ATT will result in a voided ATT.

STEP 11: If you receive a pass score, you will receive a License Letter via email from PCS on behalf of the Board.

  • If you do not receive a pass score, you will receive a Candidate Performance Report and NCLEX Re-examination Instructions by mail.

STEP 12: Applicant confirms license number on the Massachusetts Health Care Safety & Quality: License Verification Website.


PLEASE NOTE: If you need to resubmit an application to correct one that is already in process, do not use the “Let’s Get Started” button below.  You must click on your name from the home page, select “Candidate Home”, go to My Applications, and use the ‘Correct Submitted Application” link.

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