Licensure Information

Updated September 6, 2022


**New: Resources regarding licensure in telehealth are available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/licensure/licensure-and-telehealth

 

For information on providing telehealth to other New England states and their licensure regulations, please refer to this spreadsheet.

Unsure if you should apply for Massachusetts licensure?

Here are some good reasons to apply:

  • Ability to accept reimbursement by MA insurance companies

  • Increased credibility with employers (licensure is often required)

  • Simplified the process for obtaining dietetic licensure or certification in other states

  • Identification as a state-regulated, ethical and effective professional

  • Expanded consumer trust in your professional nutrition qualifications


Applying for a Dietitian/Nutritionist License in Massachusetts

Licensure Application Instructions

On September 25, 2022, oversight of the Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists will transition from the Division of Occupational Licensure to the Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Health Professions Licensure as part of a larger transition of thirteen boards.

As part of this transition, DPH will upgrade its electronic licensing system. This may require limited downtime, during which you won’t be able to apply for or renew your license. If are set to renew your license in September 2022, please do so as soon as you receive your renewal reminder in the mail.

For information on the transition, please refer to the FAQs about the transition (DOCX) 

The Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists’ new address will be Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108 https://www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-health-professions-licensure

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ePLACE Portal is where you will apply for licensure, renewal, and checking the status of your license. If you experience technical trouble with license renewal, you may reach the ePLACE Portal help desk at: (844) 733-7522.

Tips for new LDNs:

  • Not all CEUs accepted by CDR will be accepted by MA Licensing Board: take some time to review MA requirements for CEUs and maintain your own, updated CEU log to make the renewal process easy

  • Make sure to keep your address current! In addition to being a statutory requirement of all license holders, you will also receive your renewal form through the mail. To change your address, log in to ePlace and click “amendment” next to your active license

 

Frequently Asked Questions

From the DPL Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists: Licensure FAQs

Topics include requirements for licensure, the simplified application for Registered Dietitians, CEUs, license reinstatement, expiration and renewal.

 

Continuing Education Requirements

For the current CEU requirements, updated in 2017click here.

You must complete a minimum of 30 units of continuing education activities every two years to renew your license. A unit of continuing education is described as “a minimum of 50 minutes of organized learning experience” and must pertain directly to the field of nutrition and dietetics. You are responsible for keeping a record of all continuing education you have completed, and you will be required to submit this documentation in the event you are selected for a random audit.

Tips for successful CEU documentation for MA LDNs:

  • Keep a log of CEU activities as you go. Note the date, time, location.

  • Hold on to supporting documents, such as the course syllabus.

  • Get a certificate of completion for every CEU activity possible.

  • Document how the activity related to the science of human nutrition while the material is still fresh in your mind; If audited, you will need to provide this information.

For more information on continuing education requirements, click here.

 

Additional Information

Division of Professional Licensure for Dietitians and Nutritionists

Interested in Serving as a Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists Member?

Help improve nutrition consumer protection by serving on the Board! The Board consists of 9 members (7 dietetic professional members and 2 public members). Each term is 3 years and each board member may serve 2 consecutive terms. Click here to apply.

Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists Meetings

Still have questions? 

Contact information for the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists is (617) 727-9940 or Dietitiansnutritionistsboard@mass.gov.

The MAND consumer protection coordinator, Camille Finn, may be contacted at camillerfinn@gmail.com for more information on licensure or consumer protection.

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

2022 ANCE will be virtual on Friday, March 25th. 

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