Ohio State Policy Fact Sheet

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Ohio State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: R.C. § 4723.01

Regulatory Structure: Reduced Practice

State law constrains patient access to NP care. NPs are required by law to maintain a regulated collaborative agreement with a physician for at least on element of NP practice.
R.C. § 4721.431

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
R.C. § 4723.06

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
R.C. § 4723.41

Schedule II Controlled Substance Prescriptive Authority

NPs are not authorized to prescribe schedule II controlled substances in convenience care clinics.
R.C. § 4723.481

Continuing Education*

State law requires 24 CE hours every two years. An additional 12 CE hours are required for prescriptive authority. See the Board of Nursing for details.
R.C. § 4723.24

Medical Staff Membership**

Medical staff composition is determined by a facility’s governing body.
R.C. § 3701.351

Primary Care Providers

NPs are defined in law as primary care providers.
OAC 5160-26-01

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Physical Therapy: Ohio NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    R.C. § 4755.48
  • Parking Permits: Ohio NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    R.C. § 4503.44
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Ohio NPs are authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    R.C. § 2133.23 and R.C. § 2133.211
  • Death Certificates: Ohio NPs are not presently authorized to sign death certificates.
    R.C. § 3705.16

*Contact hours in specific topics may be required. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for current information.
**Medical staff membership refers to governing and voting privileges and is not reflective of clinical or admitting privileges within institutions.

Updated November 2017

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