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NCLEX-RN Application

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing has contracted with Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS), Nashville, TN, for the dissemination and processing of RN licensure applications and forms.


Students who are applying for initial RN licensure in Massachusetts

Step 1: Follow licensure application and NCLEX instructions on PCS web site

Complete the RN licensure application and Pearson VUE NCLEX registration process through PCS. Complete instructions are available on the PCS web site at https://www.pcshq.com/

When completing all forms relating to licensure, please keep the following in mind:

  • Name must match exactly on MA Nursing License Application, NCLEX registration, and the Government Issued ID that will be used at the examination.
  • Graduation Date: August 31, 2021.
  • ABSN, Dix, UG and 4+1 BS-MS students select “BSN” option for degree and enter program code US08509200.
  • Save a copy of your application to your computer for future reference.
  • The candidate will make two applications, one to the company that administers the NCLEX-RN and one to the company that the Massachusetts Board contracts with to handle applications.
  • PCS Application will cost $230. Pearson Vue NCLEX registration will cost $200.

Step 2: Complete the Certificate of Graduation Google Form

The Certification of Graduation form will be completed and signed by a Simmons official, based on the information you provide in the below google form.

Complete this google form and fill in your name EXACTLY as you entered it on your licensure application. This form needs to be completed no later than August 20.

The College will mail the signed and sealed form and transcript directly to PCS within two weeks after you complete your RN program/your degree has been conferred.

Please be advised, once the paperwork is sent to PCS, we are unable to track the progression of each application. Please direct all inquiries to their customer service line at (877) 887-9727 and have them contact us if there are any issues requiring our assistance.

Special Circumstances

If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Massachusetts, you must contact the Board of Registration in that state for the appropriate form(s) for licensure. If there are forms that Simmons must complete, submit them to Christine Colson as soon as possible. If you need a transcript delivered out of state, please request this through the Simmons Parchment Website.

Tips to Help Track Your Application on PCS Website

Dashboard: Your dashboard will show you items that are pending. Please note, this does not mean PCS has not received them. Please do not panic if you know they received your documentation, but it is still ‘showing’ pending. Upon receipt, all documentation goes through a review process before it is marked off as received. Please allow time for them to complete this process. You can check the estimated processing times to help determine when it will be checked off your dashboard. These dates are applicable when you have an application and documentation submitted. We do not review supporting Transcripts or Certificates of Graduation before you apply.

How do you know when all required documents are received and all initial steps are completed: You will receive an email from PCS stating you are in “Final Review Status.” Once you receive your Final Review Status, you can check the estimated processing times posted on the PCS website to help determine when you will receive your authorization test or an email from your coordinator alerting you to any discrepancies.