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Enactment of a Baccalaureate Degree in 10 years Requirement for Registered Professional Nurses ("RN")

On December 18, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Chapter 502 of the Laws of 2017 amending Education Law section 6905 to require RNs to either have or obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher degree in nursing within 10 years of licensure. The law does not become effective until June 2019. In general, RN students enrolled in an licensure qualifying associates degree or diploma program as of December 18, 2017, as well as RNs licensed in New York State, as of December 18, 2017, are exempt from this requirement.

Education Law section 6905 is available online at: Article 139, Nursing for Registered Professional Nursing.
The full text of Chapter 502 of the laws of 2017)can be viewed via the search function at

Additional guidance will be posted in the coming months.