Massachusetts Nursing Guide - How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Massachusetts
Nursing Licenses in Massachusetts Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist Yes
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Massachusetts Nursing Salaries

Massachusetts Nursing Salaries
MA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Boston-Cambridge, Nashua, MA-NH Annual Mean Wage Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $58,990 $61,150 $56,570
Registered Nurse $92,140 $95,270 $78,300
Nurse Practitioner $122,740 $124,490 $110,910
Nurse Anesthetist $191,320 $194,200 $170,890
Nurse Midwife $119,380 $119,690 $105,550

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Massachusetts in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming 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 email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Massachusetts is not currently a Nursing Licensure Compact state, but there is pending legislation.

Prescriptive Authority in Massachusetts

According to the Massachusetts Board of Registered Nursing 244 CMR 4.00: advanced practice registered nursing, 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.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 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)

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) or 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), ANCC, National Certification Corporation (NCC) or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), AACN
  • Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist from the ANCC

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.

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

Renewal: Renewal fees are $180 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Massachusetts

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $230 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $275 fee.

Renewal: Renewal fees are $120 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

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

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $275 fee.

Renewal: Renewal fees are $120 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the above nursing careers in Massachusetts was retrieved from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, as of January 2020.

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