Can a licensed practical nurse, medical assistant, emergency medical technician, or other unlicensed personnel administer antineoplastic agents in any practice setting?

Created by Faye Team, Modified on Wed, 03 Jan 2024 at 11:09 AM by Jaime Weimer

The legal scope of practice that guides administration of medications is handled at the state level by each individual state’s Board of Nursing. Clinicians should reference their state’s board of nursing to determine if these professionals are permitted to administer these agents under the scope of their license/certification.

ONS is not a governing or regulatory body, however, it is the position of ONS that antineoplastic administration be reserved for clinicians with a minimum of a registered nurse (RN) license. Additionally, this RN should receive comprehensive, current, and evidence-based education and demonstrate initial and annual competency validation under the auspices of the institution.


Oncology Nursing Society (2020). Education of the registered nurse who administers and cares for the individual receiving antineoplastic therapy.

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