Vermont State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Vermont State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: 26 V.S.A. § 1571

Regulatory Structure: Full Practice

State practice and licensure laws authorize NPs to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
ADC 20-4-1100:8

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
26 V.S.A. § 1574

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
26 V.S.A. § 1611

Continuing Education*

CE requirements are determined by the Board of Nursing. See the board for details.
Vermont Board of Nursing

Medical Staff Membership**

NPs are permitted to join medical staffs.
18 V.S.A. § 1905

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Signature Authority: Vermont grants NPs signature authority.
  • Physical Therapy: State law provides for Vermont NPs’ referral to physical therapy.
    VT ADC 20-4-1100:8
  • Parking Permits: Vermont NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    23 V.S.A. § 304a
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Vermont NPs are authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    18 V.S.A. § 9701
  • Death Certificates: Vermont NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    18 V.S.A. § 5202
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST)/Clinician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (COLST): Vermont's COLST form may be signed by an NP.
    U.A.C. R432-31

*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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