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NYS Nurse Practitioners & Midwives - Prescribing Information


The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This program has been awarded 2.5 CHs through the New York State Nurses Association Accredited Provider Unit.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training “IACET” and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

The New York State Nurses Association is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 CEUs for this program.

This course is intended for RN’s and other healthcare professionals. In order to receive contact hours/CEUs, participants must read the course material, pass an examination with at least 80%, and complete an evaluation. Contact hours/CEUs will be awarded for this online course until May 4, 2018.

NYSNA wishes to disclose that no commercial support or sponsorship has been received.



Course Introduction

The State of New York grants prescriptive privileges to a number of professions including Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Optometry, Physician Assistants, and Podiatry. In New York State, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives have independent prescriptive privilege. The word “independent” means that although the newly licensed nurse practitioner in practice with less than 3,600 hours of actual practice (approximately two years) and/or midwife are required to enter into a “collaborative agreement” with one physician, there is no legal requirement for the expert NP to have a written practice agreement.  In both instances, the prescription is written only under the nurse practitioner’s or midwife’s name, and only the nurse practitioner’s or midwife’s name needs to appear on the prescription. By contrast, the physician assistant is considered a “dependent” practitioner who works under the “supervision” of a licensed physician responsible for the actions of the physician assistant. In the case of physician assistants, the name of the supervising physician must appear on the prescription in addition to that of the physician assistant. No co-signature of a collaborating physician is required for medication prescription, including controlled substances, for nurse practitioners, midwives or physician assistants.

New York State requires that nurse practitioners and midwives meet specific educational and practice requirements. A core requirement is the completion of an educational program that is registered by the New York State Education Department and that is designed and conducted to prepare graduates to practice as nurse practitioners. This requirement includes course work in pharmacology that meets minimum New York State requirements. If the nurse practitioner completed education in a program not registered by the New York State Education Department, for example, if they went to school in another state, the nurse practitioner or midwife must verify that they have obtained certification as a nurse practitioner from a national certifying body that is acceptable to the New York State Education Department AND have completed not less than three (3) semester hours of coursework in pharmacology.

The content of the pharmacology coursework must include instruction in medication management of patients in the nurse practitioner’s specialty area of practice. An additional requirement is instruction in New York State and Federal laws and regulations relating to prescriptions and recordkeeping.

This course discusses the scope of prescriptive privilege practice for nurse practitioners and midwives, including how to write a prescription, New York State prescription law, types of prescriptions (written, oral, faxed), and how to obtain official New York State prescription pads. *Although the term nurse practitioner has been used throughout this course, application extends to nurse midwives as well.

This course has been approved by the New York State Department of Education for nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who otherwise meet educational, practice, licensure and certification requirements, to meet the additional pharmacology coursework requirement.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • State the scope of practice related to prescription of medications by nurse practitioners in New York State.

  • Identify the components of a prescription.

  • List the information that is required by law to be present on an official New York State Prescription.

  • Discuss the processes required for verbal (oral) orders, written prescriptions, and faxed orders for controlled substances.

  • Describe the New York State Substitution Law.





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