Oregon State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Oregon State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: OR ADC 851-001-0000

Regulatory Structure: Full Practice

State practice and licensure laws authorize NPs to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
OR ADC 851-050-0005

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
OR ADC 851-050-0005

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
OR ADC 851-050-0002

Continuing Education*

State law requires 45 CE hours every two years. See the Board of Nursing for details.
OR ADC 851-050-0138

Medical Staff Membership**

NPs are permitted to join medical staffs.
O.R.S. § 441.064

Primary Care Providers

NPs are defined in law as primary care providers.
O.R.S. § 442.574

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Signature Authority: Oregon grants NPs partial signature authority.
    Oregon Laws 2014, Chapter 45
  • Physical Therapy: Oregon NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    OR ADC 848-040-0117
  • Parking Permits: Oregon NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    OR ADC § 811.604
  • Death Certificates: Oregon NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    O.R.S. § 678.375
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST): Oregon’s POLST form may be signed by an NP.
    O.R.S. § 127.663

*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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