State Profile pages
Select a state to view specific scope of practice policies.
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Practitioner Scope of Practice
This website was designed by the National Conference of State Legislatures to educate state policymakers about scope of practice issues related to a range of non-physician health care practitioners who provide important services and can enhance access to care.
On this website, you will find information regarding the scope of practice for behavioral health providers, nurse practitioners, oral health providers, pharmacists and physician assistants. 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, links to resources for additional information and blog posts on current scope of practice activities around the nation.
Shining a Light on Optometrists
With projected shortfalls of primary care providers across the U.S., legislators are exploring ways to increase access to needed care. …
Prescribing Solutions: Pharmacists Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
As states work to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, gaps remain in providing it to the nation’s most …
Time for a Refresh: NCSL’s New and Improved Scope of Practice Policy website
COVID-19 still got you down? Has all this time you’ve spent at home made you want to renovate your house? …
Mitigating Health Workforce Barriers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
In an effort to help states manage the unprecedented demand for health care workers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) …
Teledentistry: Connecting Rural Communities to Dental Care
Rural Americans are more likely to experience tooth decay and twice as likely to lose their adult teeth as their …
American Optometric Association
The American Optometric Association is the professional organization for optometrist’s around the country. Visit their website.
National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
For more information on pharmacists, please visit the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ website.
Pharmacist Scope of Practice
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations outlines scope of practice requirements for pharmacists in the 50 states. Read the …
Pharmacist Prescribing: Statewide Protocols
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations outlines state protocols for prescribing around the country. Read the information.
State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report
The Center for Connected Health Policy tracks telehealth laws and regulations across the nation, including teledentistry, and provides a report …