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PPACE - Controlled Substances Prescribing Course
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11/1/2017 to 3/14/2018
Where: United States
Contact: FAPA Support
(407) 774-7880

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***FAPA is honored to work with PPACE for providing the Controlled Substance Course for the benefit of Physician Assistants in Florida.  The course has been temporarily removed from the website since the deadline for taking the course was January 31, 2018.  Stay tuned to the FAPA website for more information on future Controlled Substance Courses that meet the statutory requirement for Florida PAs. Remember, the course is required upon licensure renewal for all Florida licensed PAs. 


If you have any questions, please contact FAPA headquarters at

**All PAs that completed the course prior to the January 31, 2018 deadline should have received their certificate. Please contact FAPA Headquarters if you need additional assistance.**


FAPA Members

As a benefit of membership, this new Controlled Substances Prescribing course is offered to active FAPA members at no charge. You must Sign In when you access the website to receive the member pricing.

For questions about the Controlled Substances Prescribing course and certificates, please contact

Please also note that at this time, the course is not open to FAPA student members. The CME certificate credits will be given to fellow, associate, and affiliate members only since the course is a state requirement upon licensure renewal, and the CME credit would not be accepted (as students are not yet a Florida licensed PA).

The course is also available to non-members for $75. Or, non-members may join FAPA and then have access to the course at no charge. Click here to join FAPA today.

This course qualifies for three continuing medical education credits (CMEs), and includes the following modules:

  1. General history of drug abuse in the United States;
  2. Review of medication class, pharmacology, side effects, and prescribing guidelines for psychotherapeutic medications and Schedule II and Schedule III opioid medications
  3. A review of addiction, chemical dependency, tolerance, and drug-seeking behavior
  4. A summary of what to do when prescription abuse is detected, including techniques for identifying drug-seeking behavior, dealing with drug-seeking patients, and resources for patients seeking recovery assistance.

Offered in this online format, the course is available 24/7 to participants. Physician Assistants who are delegated the authority to prescribe controlled substances will not see an increase in their overall hours of CMEs required, but they must take three (3) of the ten (10) hours in a course about the safe prescribing of controlled substances.

The course is sponsored by Physicians for PA Continuing Education, Inc., (PPACE) as a three-hour course, in compliance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 458, regarding the safe prescribing of controlled substances. PPACE is an approved provider of Continuing Medication Education (CME) by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70 percent correct. Upon successful completion of this course, licensed Florida Physician Assistants will receive a certificate of completion via email for 3.0 hours of Continuing Medical Education.

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222 S. Westmonte Drive, Suite 101
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
PHONE: (407) 774-7880 | FAX: (407) 774-6440



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