Nurses’ career scope achieves true potential when they have nurse practitioner degree. Not all the states offer full NP; some offer partial to no NP practice authority. As of September 2017 below are 23 states that have NP practice autonomy. Please be noted that state regulations take changes frequently, make sure you contact the nursing boards in the state to stay up to date with the regulations.

1. Alaska

Alaska all NPs have FPA meaning that they have full authority to perform several medical tasks such as they evaluate and diagnose patients; they can do analyzation of tests, and control treatment strategies.

2. Arizona

The Arizona Board of Nursing allows nurses to have a complete FPA. Before prescribing medications to patients, nurses have to get themselves registered DEA and need to have CSPMP application in their hand.

3. Colorado

After carrying out 1,000 hours of practice with PPA, nurses can obtain complete FPA, but before obtaining FPA, NPs are required to work under the supervision of a physician.

4. Connecticut

If nurses perform well under the supervising doctor for three years, they become eligible for complete FPA.

5. Hawaii

Hawaii offers a higher salary as compared to other states due to a dearth of licensed NPs. Moreover, if a nurse has complete FPA, he/she can earn an average wage of over $118,000.

6. Idaho

NPs have FPA means they can give advice, make a diagnosis, and treat patients. If they posses APRN license, they can easily prescribe medications to patients.

7. Iowa

NPs can give advice, make a diagnosis, and treat patients without physician supervision. That possessing advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) license may do private practice.

8. Maine

Maine gives complete FPA to NPS nurses along with the eligibility to prescribe medicines.

9. Maryland

Licensed NPs of Maryland have the authority to treat patients without the supervision of a general physician. If they have APRN license and register with the PDMP, they can prescribe drugs.

10. Minnesota

In Minnesota, the NPs have full practice authority, and APRNs can prescribe medicine.

11. Montana

Once they have done pharmacology and disease management, the NPs doesn’t need physicians’ supervision. They can also advise medical drugs to the patient.

12. Nebraska

After the completion of 30 hours in pharmacology, NPs have full authority to prescribe medicines.

13. Nevada

In Nevada, full authority is given to NPS to treat patients and advise medical drugs.

14. New Hampshire

Those who work hard to earn APRN license obtains complete FPA. They can also prescribe controlled and non controlled substances.

15. New Mexico

In general, a nurse who has FPA from DEA and obtains NOC from state certification can advise V controlled substances but only through Schedule II.

16. North Dakota

North Dakota gives full FPA and independence to treat and advise medicinal drugs to patients.

17. Oklahoma

Just recently due to a shortage of healthcare services, Oklahoma legislators allowed NPs to prescribe medicines without physicians’ supervision.

18. Oregon

A State where the average salary is relatively high along with NPs having complete FPA.

19. Rhode Island

With completion Uniform Controlled Substances Act Registration, a nurse get the full authority to advise medicinal drugs and obtain FPA.

20. South Dakota

The newest entry in the list, South Dakota now gives FPA to NPS.

21. Vermont

NPs who complete 1,600 hours of practice with physician’s supervision gain FPA along with authority to prescribe medicines for which they have to register with the relevant state authority.

22. Washington

NPs here have full authority to treat and diagnose patients.

23. Wyoming

It is the easiest state for NPS to receive FPA, authority to describe medicines and practice without doctor’s supervision.

The need for NPs with FPA is increasing

If you are want to learn about this ever-growing medical field, you can visit the Maryville University Master of Science in Nursing program’s page. The nationwide demand for NPs with FPA is growing rapidly as several doctors are choosing to pursue profitable specialties rather than family medicine or primary care.