State practice and licensure laws authorize NPs to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
NP practice is regulated by the Nursing Commission.
State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
State law requires 30 CE hours every two years. For NPs with prescriptive authority, an additional 15 CE hours are required during that time period. See the Nursing Commission for details.
WAC 246-840-360 and WAC 246-840-450
NPs are permitted to join medical staffs.
NPs are defined in law as primary care providers.
*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