Clinical Nurse Specialist


Arizona is submitting a state plan amendment (SPA) to add Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) as a new provider type. As outlined in A.R.S. 32-1651, a CNS has limited prescribing/dispensing authority in specific healthcare settings. The list of codes for the CNS scope of practice is equal to provider type 19- Nurse Practitioner.

Tribal Consultation

AHCCCS consulted with Tribes regarding the Clinical Nurse Specialist SPA on August 12, 2021. Below is a link to more information regarding the August 12, 2021 Tribal Consultation meeting.

State Plan Amendment and Public Comment Period

The DRAFT SPA can be found on the link below:

Public notice was posted on August 13, 2021, and comments are being accepted through September 27, 2021. Comments can be submitted through email or mail at the address below.



Attn: Office of Intergovernmental Relations
801 E. Jefferson St., MD 4200
Phoenix, AZ 85034