MASSACHUSETTS NURSING LICENSE

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 Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Massachusetts
Nursing Licenses in Massachusetts Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Y
Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist Y
Certified Nurse-Midwife(CNM) Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Massachusetts Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $30,010
Licensed Practice Nurse: $53,020
Registered Nurse: $83,720
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$80,000*

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Massachusetts can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Massachusetts nursing salary.
 

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

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!

Compact State Status

Massachusetts a not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Massachusetts

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances with some limitations on refills in collaboration with a physician. All prescriptions must show the name of the collaborating physician, and proof of 24 contact hours of pharmacology is required. Refill authority is limited.

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.

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Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist in Massachusetts

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from an APRN program accredited by a board recognized national certification body

Examination
Varies with Certification

Fees
$150 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies with Certification

Certification Required
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification Of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Certified Nurse Midwife from American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), Nurse Practitioner from American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Certification Corporation (NCC), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Renewal
Renewal fees are $180 per renewal period.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.

Endorsement
Available 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.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Massachusetts

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$230 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal fees are $120 per renewal period.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$230 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal fees are $120 per renewal period.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $275 Fee

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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