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Laws & Rules - Nursing Practice Act

Current Nursing Practice Act (NPA)


Past Nursing Practice Acts

The prior-session nursing practice acts linked below are provided for reference purposes only. The Nursing Practice Act can only be changed by legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature which convenes for 140 days every two years. The Governor can also convene special sessions of the Texas Legislature for the purpose of addressing issues such as school finance, tax reform or other issues. The Nursing Practice Act can be amended during a special session but amendment of the NPA during a special session has not occurred. The nurse licensure requirements set forward in the 2009 edition of the Nursing Practice Act are the requirements in effect as of September 1, 2009.


*LVNs and RNs were subject to separate Practice Acts until their merger in February, 2004

Related Texas Statutes