Welcome to ScopeOfPracticePolicy.org!

This website was designed by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). The purpose of this website is to educate state policymakers about scope of practice issues related to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists.

The site provides nonpartisan, unbiased and objective policy information about the scope of practice laws in the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories.

A health care provider’s scope of practice describes the procedures, actions and processes that a health care practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of his or her professional license.

On this website, you will find information regarding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and oral health providers. The tabs above link to interactive state policy maps for each practitioner in each state, D.C. and territory.  The site also includes a legislation database that enables you to track scope of practice bills in each state, case studies in scope of practice policy and links to resources for additional information.

The interactive map to the right will take you to a state overview page. For an overview of the practitioners described on this site, please click the tabs below.

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