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Rules for Admission to NCLEX-RN National Council Licensure Examination

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Program requirements and the college requirements for the Associate in Science Degree, the student will be eligible to apply to take the licensing examination.

According to regulations specified by the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the following requirements must be met:

Nurse Licensure Requirements

[M.G.L. c. 112, s. 74 & 74A, and Board regulations at 244 CMR 8.00]

  1. Good moral character, as established by the Board.
  2. Registered Nurse (RN): graduation from an RN education program approved by the Board.
  3. Achievement of a pass score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) for Registered Nurses or Practical Nurses based on type of licensure applied for.
  4. Payment of all required fees.
  5. For further information refer to: www.mass.gov/nursing-licenses

Good Moral Character Requirements for Licensure

The Massachusetts initial nurse licensure application includes questions about criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) and disciplinary actions by a licensure/certification body. Each initial applicant has the burden to demonstrate compliance with the Good Moral Character licensure requirement. For further information on the Good Moral Character Licensure Requirement, refer to:

Modifications Due To A Disability

The Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) insures protection of qualified applicants with disabilities in the administration of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) under Title II (Public Entities), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The Board will evaluate all requests for examination modifications to determine whether the applicant: 1) has a disability, as defined by the ADA, and 2) are qualified for protection under Title II. The qualified NCLEX applicant with a disability must be able to meet the essential eligibility requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in the Massachusetts. These requirements, as specified in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 112, ss. 74 and 74A, include graduation from a Board-approved nursing education program, achievement of a pass grade on the NCLEX, and demonstration of compliance with the good moral character licensure requirement. Applicants must complete the NCLEX Accommodation Request Form when requesting examination modifications and attach the required supporting documentation to the Application for Initial Nurse Licensure by Examination.

For further information, please refer to the NCLEX Administration Accommodations Due to a Disability Information Sheet found at: www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/cs-form03.pdfPDF document