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PA Scope of Practice Laws

Interactive PA Scope of Practice Law Guide

All PAs must practice with a collaborating physician; however, state laws dictate the extent of that relationship. This interactive guide provides an overview of PA scope of practice laws by state with regard to the Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act from the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). For more information on specific state laws, consult your state’s PA practice act.

Last Updated: 10/11/2017

  • "Licensure" As a Regulatory Term

    Nurse practitioners can independently diagnose and treat patients without physician involvement.

  • Full Prescriptive Authority

    State statute and/or Administrative Code recognizes nurse practitioners as primary care providers.

  • Scope of Practice Determined on Site

    Nurse practitioners have authority to prescribe without physician or Board of Medicine involvement, after completing specific state requirements.

  • Adaptable Supervision Requirements

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

  • Cosignature Requirements Determined at the Practice Level

    Nurse practitioners can sign death certificates.

  • No Limit on Number of PAs a Physician Can Supervise

    Nurse Practitioners can sign Handicap placard forms.

Color Key:
Allowed
  • "Licensure" As a Regulatory Term

  • Full Prescriptive Authority

  • Scope of Practice Determined on Site

  • Adaptable Supervision Requirements

  • Cosignature Requirements Determined at the Practice Level

  • No Limit on Number of PAs a Physician Can Supervise

Not Allowed
  • Not Allowed

This chart is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

Source: AAPA.org.

Last Updated: 10/11/2017

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