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Alert: BORN 2020 RN Licensing Renewals Notice

Massachusetts nursing licenses must be renewed every two years on one’s birthday; 2020 is the biennial  renewal year. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)  is the licensing entity. As of November 1st, BORN began accepting online renewals for 2020.

Note that there is a new CE requirement for licensees to complete a one-time course in Alzheimer’s/dementia/cognitive impairment care. This is required per Massachusetts law (Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2018).[i]  However, this requirement is not mandatory until November 7, 2022. This is the renewal year FOLLOWING the coming 2020 year.

There had been an issue with the BORN webpage that was blocking renewals if you clicked NO indicating that you had not taken a course covering the new requirement. This has since been fixed and the webpage has been clarified to show that saying NO will not affect your ability to renew in 2020 because the requirement does not take effect until 2022.

If you have any questions please call the MNA at 781 821-4625 and ask for the nursing division. Thank you!

[i] See the BORN website at

Pursuant to chapter 220 of the acts of 2018, as of November 7, 2018, applicants for initial licensure must complete a one-time course of training and education in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with cognitive impairments, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  Licensees applying to renew a license must complete the required course by November 7, 2022.