November 24, 2015 Rules Hearing Update

On November 19, 2015, the Board of Nursing held a public rules hearing to review proposed administrative rule language. Prior to and during the hearing, the Board received comments from interested parties. The Board reviewed the comments and hearing testimony on November 20, 2015, during the public Board meeting. Following consideration of testimony at the public hearing, the Board refiled rules on November 24, 2015 as follows:

1. Rule 4723-8-04: Amended paragraph (C)(7)(a) of the Rule to state that the standard care arrangement shall be reviewed "every two years" and on an "biennial" basis; and to amend paragraph (E) to require the standard care arrangement to be retained "three" years rather than "six".

2. Rule 4723-8-05: Amend paragraph (B) of the rule to state that the standard care arrangement shall be reviewed "every two years" consistent with the proposed change discussed above regarding Rule 4723-8-04(C)(7)(a); and to amend paragraph (F) to require an APRN to verify the licensure of the collaborating physician or podiatrist "every two years" rather than annually as required currently.

3. Rule 4723-9-10: Since at least 2002, the Rule has required the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG) to review the Formulary at least once per year. Historically (since 2008), the CPG has met on average 3-4 times per year. The Rule was refiled so that paragraph (B) now states that the CPG shall review the Formulary at least "twice" per year instead of "once".

Copies of the three refiled rules are below.

All of the Rules subject to hearing on November 19 are anticipated to be effective February 1, 2016.

For questions regarding administrative rules, please email:

Click Here to View the Refiled Rules


The Ohio Board of Nursing (Board), pursuant to Chapter 119, Ohio Revised Code, hereby gives notice that it will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of amending, rescinding, or adopting new or no change rules following the fiveyear rule review for Ohio Administrative Code Chapters 4723-8, Advanced Practice Nurse Certification and Practice; 4723-9, Prescriptive Authority; and 4723-23, Dialysis Technicians. The Board proposes to amend or adopt new rules for Ohio Administrative Code Chapters 4723-1, Board Organization and Records; 4723-5, Nursing Education Program; 4723-7, Examination and Licensure; 4723-14, Continuing Education; and 4723-16, Hearings to provide updates and technical changes.

The following is a summary listing of rules that the Nursing Board has proposed to be rescinded, amended or adopted as new rules that are to be considered by the Board at public hearing:

Rules 4723-1-03 and 4723-1-10; 4723-5-01; 4723-7-09 and 4723-7-10; 4723-14-03; and 4723-16-12 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Rules 4723-8-01 through 4723-8-10; 4723-9-01 through 4723-9-12; and 4723-23-01 through 4723-23-03 and 4723-23- 05 through 4723-23-10; and 4723-23-12 through 4723-23-14 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Copies of the proposed rules referenced above may be obtained at the Register of Ohio,, and at the Board’s website,, or by sending a request to the Board office with a check for $3.95 made payable to the “Treasurer, State of Ohio,” to cover postage cost.

The public hearing will be conducted on Thursday November 19, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Board of Nursing board meeting room, located at 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH, 43215-7410 and continue until all parties in attendance have had an opportunity to be heard.

Any person affected by the proposed action may present oral or written testimony.

All interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. Those persons who wish to provide oral testimony at the hearing are encouraged to inform the Board prior to the hearing date and may be given preference in the order of testimony.

Written comments received by the Board before the close of the hearing record will be considered. Written comments in lieu of oral testimony may be submitted by:

- Written comments brought to the public hearing;
- Written comments via email to
- Written comments mailed to the attention of:

Holly Fischer, General Counsel
Ohio Board of Nursing
17 S. High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410

Click Here for a Downloadable Version of this Notice
Click Here to View the Proposed Rules

Board of Pharmacy Announces New Website for Prescription Monitoring Program
Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System Website Gets an Updated Look and New Features

October 14, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the launch of its redesigned website for the state’s prescription monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). A fresh design, new features and improved navigation offers visitors to a better user experience.

The website is more user-friendly, with content that helps OARRS account holders maximize the information contained in the system. This includes an updated frequently asked questions section, guidance documents and three new training videos that take users through the process of registering for an account, running a patient report and reviewing the information contained within an OARRS report. Additionally, the site contains a new statistics feature that allows anyone to create custom county reports and view maps based on aggregate data collected in OARRS.

"OARRS has become an essential tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse and we felt a new website was needed to improve functionality and the overall user experience," said Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director. "The improved website reflects the Board’s commitment to making OARRS one of the best prescription monitoring programs in the country."

Established in 2006, OARRS is the only statewide database that collects information on all prescriptions for controlled substances that are dispensed by pharmacies and personally furnished by licensed prescribers in Ohio. OARRS data is available to prescribers when they treat patients, pharmacists when presented with prescriptions from patients and law enforcement officers only during active investigations. For more information on OARRS, please visit:

SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority

SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority SB 110, passed by the 131st General Assembly, authorizes CTP holders to delegate non-controlled drug administration under specified circumstances to unlicensed persons. Please click on the links below to access the statute and the Legislative Services Commission (LSC) Analysis for further details.

Effective October 15, 2015, APRNs holding prescriptive authority are authorized to delegate medication administration as specified in Sections 4723.48(C) and 4723.489, Ohio Revised Code (ORC). In doing so, APRNs must comply with standards of safe practice, including delegation, set forth in the law and rules, including Chapter 4723-13, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Please be aware that the new authorization in ORC Section 4723.48(C) supersedes rule language currently found in Chapter 4723-13, OAC, with respect to APRN prescribers, which previously limited the types of medication that could be delegated to an unlicensed person.

SB 110 authorizes the Board to adopt rules establishing standards and procedures for APRN delegation. The Board will convene a Board Committee on Practice meeting on January 20, 2016 at noon at the Board office to gather public input regarding the need for administrative rules.

If you have questions, please email To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.

Click Here for SB-110 - Summary

Click Here for SB-110 - Documents

CTP-E: Online Instruction as Part of Required Coursework

HB 64, the budget bill, included an amendment modifying the structure of the course in advanced pharmacology and related topics that an APRN must complete to obtain a certificate to prescribe. It eliminates a provision specifying that the course must consist of “planned classroom and clinical instruction,” thus enabling instruction to be online if that is preferred. This amendment became law on September 29, 2015.

If you have questions about these law changes, please email To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.

Nursing Education Program Completion Letters

The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.

The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.

Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters.  These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.

As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.

If you have questions, please email

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