West Virginia State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - West Virginia State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: West Virginia Code § 30-7-1

Regulatory Structure: Reduced Practice

State law constrains patient access to NP care by limiting at least one element of NP practice.
West Virginia Code § 30-7-15a

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
West Virginia Code § 30-70-1

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
West Virginia Code St. R. § 19-7-3

Schedule II Controlled Substance Prescriptive Authority

NPs are currently not allowed to hold schedule II controlled substance prescriptive authority.
West Virginia Code § 30-7-15a

Continuing Education*

State law requires 24 CE hours every two years. See the board for details.
West Virginia Code St. R. § 19-7-6

Medical Staff Membership**

NPs are permitted to join medical staffs.
West Virginia Code St. R. § 64-12-11

Primary Care Providers

NPs are defined in law as primary care providers.
West Virginia Code § 33-25A-2

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Signature Authority: West Virginia grants NPs signature authority.
    West Virginia Code § 30-7-15d
  • Physical Therapy: West Virginia NPs are not prohibited from referring to physical therapy.
  • Parking Permits: West Virginia NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    West Virginia Code § 17C-13-6
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: West Virginia NPs are authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    West Virginia Code § 30-7-15d
  • Death Certificates: West Virginia NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    West Virginia Code § 30-7-15d
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST): NPs are authorized to sign West Virginia’s POLST form.
    West Virginia Code § 30-7-15d

*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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