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In general, dental hygienists in West Virginia must provide dental hygiene services under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. Under West Virginia scope of practice law, a dental hygienist may be permitted to provide preventive dental hygiene services under a dentist’s general supervision (i.e., the dentist is not physically present when the services are… More »

West Virginia SOP Legislation

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed professional counselors may diagnose patients. W.Va. Code §30-31-3(c)

Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 45 NPs in West Virginia have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. Consistent with their prescriptive authority and with proper training or appropriate experience an NP in independent practice can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products. An NP who is prescribing while in collaborative practice with a physician may be able to receive a federal waiver with proper training or experience and as long as the collaborating physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. W. Va. Code §30-7-15b

Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 15 PAs in West Virginia have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A PA in West Virginia may prescribe Schedules III-V controlled substances as delegated by a supervising physician. With proper training or appropriate experience a PA in West Virginia can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products, as long as the supervising physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. W. Va. Code §30-3E-3(7)

Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The standards and requirements for certification of a peer recovery specialists are developed and administered by a third-party, non-profit certification provider.

Practice Authority

Collaboration with a physician required for prescribing medications. W. Va. Code §30-7-15a

Prescriptive Authority

An NP is required to have a three year transition to practice period before they are authorized to independently prescribe legend and Schedule III-V controlled substances. West Virginia does not allow NPs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances.  W. Va. Code §30-7-15b

Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. Primary care provider means a person who may be chosen or designated in lieu of a primary care physician, who will be responsible for coordinating the health care of the subscriber, including necessary referrals to other providers, and includes an advanced nurse practitioner. W. Va. Code §33-25A-2(19)

Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A dental hygienist may practice in a public health setting with a public health practice permit issued by the board, and subject to a collaborative agreement with a supervising dentist and the patient is referred for a dental examination within six months of sealant application. W. Va. Code §30-4-11

Dental Hygienists with Prescriptive Authority

Dental hygienists do not have prescriptive authority.

Dental Therapists

Dental therapists are not recognized in state policy as an oral health provider.

Supervision Requirements

A practice agreement is required between a supervising physician and a PA. The agreement must be approved by the appropriate licensing board and must include supervision mechanisms and settings where the PA will practice, among other items. W. Va. Code §30-3E-10

Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs, devices and Schedules III-V controlled substances if delegated by the supervising physician. A PA may not prescribe Schedule II controlled substances. W. Va. Code §30-3E-3(7)

Scope of Practice Determination

Medical acts delegated by the supervising physician are authorized in the practice agreement and appropriate to the education, training and experience of the PA. The medical acts must be consistent with the laws of West Virginia and rules of the State Board of Medicine. W. Va. Code §30-3E-12