*The total number of CNPs with an active (or current) license in Ohio as of June 30, 2021 (Ohio Board of Nursing, 2021)

 CNPs may:

Role and scope of practice

CNPs must obtain a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited program and pass a national certification examination. The education, training, and national certification are in one of the following populations:

  • Adult/Gerontology (Acute Care or Primary Care)
  • Family
  • Pediatric (Acute Care or Primary Care)
  • Neonatal
  • Women's Health
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health

CNPs are licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing as APRNs. They must practice in collaboration with a physician or podiatrist when providing direct patient care, and have a Standard Care Arrangement. In addition to direct patient care, CNPs may also be involved in research, education, and health policy advocacy to promote quality health care for all citizens of Ohio. CNPs may also practice in subspecialty areas such as, emergency and occupational health​​.

Other important information to know:

  • CNPs are licensed health care providers who are qualified to make independent decisions and are accountable for the care they provide

  • CNPs provide individualized care and focus on the effects that health problems have on people and their families

  • CNPs encourage patients to make informed decisions about their health care by offering specific information, such as the impact of lifestyle choices on health and the disease process

  • CNPs typically spend more time with their patients and have an enhanced ability to engage their patients in health promotion and disease prevention

  • CNPs explain the details of health problems and associated treatment to help people more fully understand how to care for themselves

  • Research studies confirm that at least 80% of primary care office visits are managed equally well by primary care physicians or nurse practitioners

  • CNPs must be recertified every 1-5 years depending on the national certification organization (recertification includes meeting advanced practice educational requirements)

  • A CNP has prescriptive authority and may prescribe medications in Ohio
  • When a CNP is collaborating with a podiatrist, the CNP's scope of practice is limited to the procedures that the podiatrist has the authority to perform according to section 4723.43(C) of the Ohio Revised Code
  • There are 55 accredited nurse practitioner programs in Ohio
  • Interactive Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Law Guide (Courtesy of Barton Associates)                 

  • ​Learn more about the CNP scope of practice at AANP


Intensive Care Units

Emergency Departments 

Urgent Care Facilities




Nursing Homes

Home Health Care

Additional practice settings


Courtesy of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

  • 18,201*  Number of CNPs in Ohio



Ohio APRNs

  • $110,009*  Average Median Salary

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*The median annual salary of a CNP in Ohio, not including bonuses, benefits, or other factors that impact base pay (courtesy of salary.com). 

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