Scope of Practice

Where CNSs Can Practice and Prescribe Without Physician Supervision as of 9.8.2020

CNS Scope of Practice and Prescriptive Authority (PDF)

CNS Practice Authority


CNS Independent Prescriptive Authority

**Some states allow independent authority for Psychiatric CNSs only. Additionally some states require a minimal amount of practice hours before prescribing controlled drugs.

Please note: The data contained in this page is always changing. If you know of changes to your states regulations relative to the practice or prescriptive authority, please reach out to NACNS at