South Carolina State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - South Carolina State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: Code 1976 § 40-33-5

Regulatory Structure: Restricted Practice

State law restricts patient access to NP care. State licensure law requires physician delegation and supervision for at least one element of NP practice.
Code 1976 § 40-33-34

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
Code 1976 § 40-33-10

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
Code 1976 § 40-33-34

Schedule II Controlled Substance Prescriptive Authority

NPs are currently not authorized to hold schedule II controlled substance prescriptive authority.
Code 1976 § 40-33-34

Continuing Education*

State law requires 20 CE hours every two years. See the Board of Nursing for details.
Code 1976 § 40-33-34

Supervisory Agreement Ratio

The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners must review cases when a physician supervises more than three NPs.
SC ADC 81-110

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Parking Permits: South Carolina NPs are not authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    Code 1976 § 56-3-1910
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: South Carolina NPs are not presently authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    SC ADC 61-7 § 1408
  • Death Certificates: South Carolina NPs are not currently authorized to sign death certificates.
    SC ADC 61-19 § 701
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST): South Carolina’s Provider POLST program is developing.

*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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