Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Utah credentials two types of addiction counselors. A Substance Use Disorder Counselor requires, at minimum, an associate degree or higher, completion of relevant education courses and 2,000 hours of experience. An Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree, completion of relevant education courses and 4,000 hours of experience. Utah Code Ann. §58-60-5 and Utah Substance Use Disorder Counselor Licensing Board

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Clinical mental health counselors observe, evaluate, interpret, and treat patients to help modify human behavior to prevent, treat or eliminate mental or emotional illness or dysfunction. Diagnostic ability is not outlined in statute. Utah Code Ann. §58-60-402

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 83 NPs in Utah 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 transition to practice 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. Utah Code Ann. §58-31b-102(14)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 28 PAs in Utah have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A PA in Utah may prescribe controlled substances in accordance with a delegation of services agreement with a supervising physician. With proper training or appropriate experience a PA in Utah 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. Utah Code Ann. §58-70a-501(2)

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification and training requirements for peer support specialists and child/family peer support specialists are developed by the Utah Department of Human Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The comprehensive certification standards include minimum qualifications, continuing education and employment requirements. Utah Admin. Code r. 523-5 and Utah Admin. Code §523-6

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Authority to Sign POLST Forms

NPs are authorized to sign POLST forms if under the supervision of a physician. Utah Code Ann. §75-2a-106

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Practice Authority

Nurse practitioners may practice within the generally recognized scope and standards of advanced practice registered nursing as defined by rule and consistent with professionally recognized preparation and education standards of an advanced practice registered nurse. Utah Code Ann. §58-31b-102

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Prescriptive Authority

A NP may prescribe drugs, devices and Schedule II-V controlled substances.  Utah Code Ann. §58-31b-803

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in policy as primary care providers. Primary care physician services may be provided directly by licensed physicians or osteopaths, or by licensed certified nurse practitioners, or physician assistants under appropriate supervision of the physician or osteopath, but not including pregnancy related or mental health services by any of the listed providers. Utah Admin. Code §R414-100

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Authority to perform ophthalmic procedures

Optometrists may only perform procedures related to foreign body removal and the examination, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the human eye. Additional allowable procedures may be authorized by statute and/or rule. Utah Code Ann. §58-16a-102

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may administer pharmaceutical agents for the eye as well as administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Utah Code Ann. §58-16a-601

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances and Schedule II controlled substances containing hydrocodone combinations. Utah Code Ann. §58-16a-601

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A dental hygienist may treat patients in specified public health settings pursuant to a written agreement with a dentist. Appropriate provider services are all general supervision preventive functions in a dental hygienist’s scope of practice. Utah Code Ann. §58-69-801

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Dental Therapists

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

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Practice of Teledentistry

Dental professionals may use live video and store-and-forward technologies to provide services through teledentistry. The standard of dental care a licensed dental professional provides through teledentistry is the same as services provided in a traditional physical setting. A dentist may not conduct a dental examination using teledentistry if the standard of care necessitates a traditional physical dental examination. Utah Code Ann. §58-69-802 and Utah Code Ann. §58-69-807. (Recently enacted. Statute not updated)

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Utah 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

Utah does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

A pharmacist may prescribe and dispense a self-administered hormonal contraceptive to a patient who is 18 years old or older and pursuant to a standing prescription drug order by a physician.
The pharmacist must refer the patient to a primary care or women’s health care practitioner and may not continue to dispense a self-administered hormonal contraceptive to a patient for more than 24 months after the date of the initial prescription without evidence that the patient has consulted with a primary care or women’s health care practitioner during the preceding 24 months. A pharmacist must provide the patient with educational materials and counseling. Utah Code Ann. §26-64

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Utah does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

A physician assistant with less than 10,000 practice hours must practice under written policies and procedures established at a practice level with a collaborating physician. After this period, supervision or collaboration is no longer required. Utah Code Ann. §58-70a-307

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A physician assistant may prescribe drugs and devices within their scope of practice. A physician assistant may prescribe controlled substances that are within their scope of practice and if they hold a Utah controlled substance license and a DEA registration. Utah Code Ann. §58-70a-501

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Scope of Practice Determination

A physician assistant may provide any medical services within their skills and scope of competence. A physician assistant must consult, collaborate with, and refer patients to appropriate members of the health care team. Utah Code Ann. §58-70a-501

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