Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Oklahoma credentials two types of addiction counselors. A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree, 270 hours of relevant education courses and 4,000 hours of supervised work experience. A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor requires a master’s degree, relevant education courses and 2,000 hours of supervised work experience. Okla. Stat. tit. 59 §59-1870 and Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed professional counselors facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the life span. Counselors prevent, diagnose or treat mental, emotional or behavioral disorders or associated distress that interfere with mental health and conduct assessments or diagnoses for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives. Okla. Stat. §59-1902(3)

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 25 NPs in Oklahoma 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 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. Okla. Stat. §63-2-312

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 10 PAs in Oklahoma have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. An Oklahoma PA may prescribe Schedules II-V controlled substances under the direction of the supervising physician and approved by the state licensing board. Oklahoma PAs with proper training or appropriate experience 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. Okla. Stat. tit. 59, §11.519.6(D)

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification requirements for peer recovery support specialists are established by the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The comprehensive certification standards include minimum qualifications, training, continuing education and employment requirements. Okla. Admin. Code § 450:53-1-1, et seq

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Practice Authority

A collaborative agreement is required between an NP and a supervising physician in order for the NP to prescribe drugs and other medical supplies. Okla. Nursing Practice Act §567.3a(6)

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Prescriptive Authority

An advanced practice nurse who is recognized to prescribe by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and is subject to medical direction by a supervising physician may prescribe and administer Schedule III-V controlled substances. Okla. Stat. §63-2-312

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. Primary care providers are limited to physicians, NPs, PAs, and Indian Health Service Facilities and Federally Qualified Health Center provider groups. Okla. Admin. Code §317:25-7-5

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Authority to perform ophthalmic procedures

Optometrists may perform all procedures included in their full scope of practice, including laser surgery. Okla Stat. §59-581(a)

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may use pharmaceutical agents to treat eye abnormalities. Okla Stat. §59-581(a)

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances and Schedule II controlled substances containing hydrocodone combinations for a five-day supply. Okla Stat. §59-581(b)

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A dental hygienist may provide services outside of the private dental office for a patient not examined by the dentist. The dentist must authorize care in writing and the dental hygienist must have at least two years of experience. Okla. Stat. Ann. §328.34

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Dental Therapists

Statute does not identify dental therapists as an oral health provider.

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Practice of Teledentistry

Teledentistry means the remote delivery of dental patient care via telecommunications and other technology for the exchange of clinical information and images for dental consultation, preliminary treatment planning and patient monitoring. A dentist holding a valid dental license in Oklahoma may consult, diagnose and treat a patient of record via synchronous or asynchronous telecommunication between the patient and dentist. The dentist must record all activities relating to teledentistry in the patient record and must have an office location in Oklahoma available for follow-up treatment and maintenance of records. Okla. Stat. tit. 59 §328.3(34)

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Oklahoma has not enacted legislation allowing pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the federal PREP Act does allow pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine through the duration of the public health emergency.

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Prescription Adaptation

Oklahoma does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Oklahoma does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Oklahoma does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

The supervisory relationship is determined between the PA and supervising physician at the practice level. The supervising physician does not need to be present where services are provided by the PA, but must be readily available. Okla. Stat. tit. 59, §519.6

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs, devices and Schedule II-V controlled substances under the direction of the supervising physician and approved by the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. Okla. Stat. tit. 59 §519.6(D)

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Scope of Practice Determination

State regulations outline the services as PA may perform. Health care services performed by the physician assistant must be within the physician assistant’s skill and the physician’s scope of practice. Okla. Stat. tit. 59, §519.2(3)

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Most Recent Oklahoma SOP Legislative Search Results

  • OK H 3683 : Nurse Practitioners   – Relates to nurse practitioners, relates to definitions, modifies definition for…
    Subject: NP Practice Authority
  • OK H 3540 : Physician Assistants   – Relates to physician assistants, relates to death certificates, permits physician…
    Subject: Other Physician Assistant Bills
  • OK H 3497 : Pharmacists Scope of Practice   – Relates to pharmacists, modifies pharmacists scope of practice, modifies definition…
    Subject: Pharmacist Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives, Pharmacist Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids
  • OK H 2680 : Practice of Optometry   – Relates to professions and occupations, relates to the practice of…
    Subject: Optometrist Prescription of Controlled Substances, Optometrist Authority to Perform Ophthalmic Procedures
  • OK H 2009 : Public Health   – Relates to public health, relates to death certificates, authorizes an…
    Subject: Other Nurse Practitioner Bills

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