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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws

Interactive Nurse Practitioner (NP) Scope of Practice Law Guide

Nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice laws vary from state to state. Barton Associates understands these laws may have an effect on the locum tenens nurse practitioners we place throughout the United States, and so we put together this handy interactive guide that offers a snapshot of each state’s scope of practice laws. For more information on specific state requirements, please review each state’s nurse practice act (NPA).

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Interactive Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice laws chart Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Washington DC Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

This chart is for informational purposes only and is not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact the applicable nursing board or your attorney for specific legal advice.

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Last Updated: 3/14/2017

Key for State Practice Laws for NPs chart


Autonomous Practice

Nurse practitioners are required to establish a collaborative agreement with a physician in order to practice.

Primary Care Provider

State statute and/or Administrative Code does not define whether nurse practitioners can be peimary care providers.

Independent Prescribing

Nurse practitioners must have a collaborative agreement woth a physician or a physician's supervision/delegation in order to prescribe drugs

Order Physical Therapy

Nurse practitioners can make referrals for physical therapy, or a refferal is not required

Sign Death Certificate

Only a licensed physician can sign death certificates

Sign Handicap Parking Permits

Nurse Practitioners can't sign Handicap placard forms

Sign Workers' Comp Claims

Nurse Practitioners can't sign workers' compensation forms.