Massachusetts Nursing License

Massachusetts Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Massachusetts State Board of Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

Massachusetts Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$29,200$49,760$81,780 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Massachusetts can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Massachusetts nursing salary.

Massachusetts Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in Massachusetts. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in MassachusettsScholarship Amount
Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship$1000
The Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Preference will be given to candidates from the greater Lowell, MA area.

Learn about more financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is Massachusetts a Nursing Licensure Compact State?No

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Massachusetts. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Massachusetts, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Massachusetts nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Massachusetts, please let us know!


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Massachusetts Nursing Licensure Renewal

Massachusetts nursing licenses renew every two years. Assignment to odd- or even-numbered renewal years will depend on the degree held. Fifteen continuing education units (CEUs) are required for all nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and all national certifications must also be maintained.

Nurse Anesthetist in Massachusetts

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Anesthetist Program Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
ExaminationCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Fees$150 Application Fee, $725 Certification Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification Of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
RenewalRenewal fees are $180 per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
EndorsementAvailable through Verification by the Board of Nursing, Subject to a Verification Fee. Contact the Board of Nursing in the State Where the Original License Was Held to Determine the Verification Fee.
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Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist in Massachusetts

Education
ExaminationPsychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist—Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC) Examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Fees$150 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee – $270 for American Nurses Association (ANA) Members, $290 for American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Members, $340 for National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Members, $390 for Non-Members
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredPsychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist—Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
RenewalRenewal fees are $180 per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
EndorsementAvailable through Verification by the Board of Nursing, Subject to a Verification Fee. Contact the Board of Nursing in the State Where the Original License Was Held to Determine the Verification Fee.
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Certified Nurse-Midwife in Massachusetts

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse-Midwife Program Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
ExaminationCertified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
Fees$150 Application Fee, $750 Certification Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredCertified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
RenewalRenewal fees are $180 per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
EndorsementAvailable through Verification by the Board of Nursing, Subject to a Verification Fee. Contact the Board of Nursing in the State Where the Original License Was Held to Determine the Verification Fee.
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Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts

EducationGraduation from an Approved Nurse Practitioner Program; While a Masters Degree Is Not Explicitly Required, Many National Certifications Will Require a Masters Degree and Many Nurse Practitioner Programs Will Yield a Masters Degree
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$150 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredNurse Practitioner Certificate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
RenewalRenewal fees are $180 per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
EndorsementAvailable through Verification by the Board of Nursing, Subject to a Verification Fee. Contact the Board of Nursing in the State Where the Original License Was Held to Determine the Verification Fee.
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Registered Nurse (RN) in Massachusetts

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$230 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fees are $120 per renewal period.
Additional InformationNone

EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $275 Fee.
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Massachusetts

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$230 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fees are $120 per renewal period.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $275 Fee
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