DORA Response to Governor's Directive - Notice to Healthcare Providers

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DORA Response to Governor's Directive - Notice to Healthcare Providers

Dear Healthcare Professional - 

In response to the recent COVID-19 developments and directives given by Governor Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations under the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will expedite licensing to increase workforce capacity to address this emergency. This includes the temporary suspension of the application of laws, rules and policies that will allow the State to expand its testing capacity for Coronavirus and ensure ongoing business continuity in the delivery of healthcare services. 

The emergency measures include key provisions for renewal waivers, expedited licensure, waiver of supervision requirements, and expanded scope of practice for select health care providers such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and respiratory therapists, including, but not limited to: 

  • Waiving licensing requirements and rules to allow for late renewals as well as reinstatements and reactivations during the emergency period of volunteer nurses and qualified licensed providers from out of state. 
  • Waiving limitations on clinical instruction via simulation. 
  • Expanding scope of practice for physician assistants and nurses.
  • Waiving requirements of endorsement for qualified out-of-state professionals.
  • Expanding opportunities for telemedicine.
  • Granting pharmacists the ability to conduct screening tests in pharmacies and other testing centers.
  • Allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines.

Please review the full list of emergency measures here.

It is anticipated the suspension of these laws and rules, particularly as they apply to out-of-state practitioners, shall last until the expiration of Executive Order D 2020-003, or unless additional directives are received by the Governor.

For inquiries or clarification on the emergency suspension of the above statutes and rules, please email We appreciate your patience as we work to address all questions. 

Note for Professionals Seeking Opportunities to Volunteer or Re-Enter Workforce:

Governor Polis has just announced as a website for those Coloradans hoping to volunteer or assist in the COVID-19 response in a variety of ways. 

When considering whether you want to volunteer or re-enter the healthcare field, or the nature of your service, please be aware of CDC guidelines around high risk populations and exposure to the virus.


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