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Physicians for PA Continuing Education Controlled Substances Course
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3/1/2019 to 1/31/2020
When: Friday, March 1, 2019
United States

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As a membership benefit, FAPA will again be partnering with Physicians for PA Continuing Education (PPACE) on a newly updated, 3 hour, state-mandated controlled substance course that meets the requirements of Florida statute. This course will be offered to all Florida PAs for full price, and to FAPA members for free or at a minimal cost. 


All prescribing Physician Assistants in Florida are required to complete the state mandated 3-hour controlled substance course on “The safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances” by January 31, 2020.


Since all Physician Assistants renew Florida Licensure on EVEN years, the controlled substance course is not required, per mandate, until 2020. Per current Florida Legislative statutes 458.347: 4.e.3. 1 the physician assistant must complete a minimum of 10 continuing medical education hours in the specialty practice in which the physician assistant has prescriptive privileges with each licensure renewal. Three of the 10 hours must consist of a continuing education course on the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substance medications which is offered by a statewide professional association of physicians in this state accredited to provide educational activities designated for the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 credit or designated by the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a Category 1 credit. Please share this letter to any regulatory or credentialing offices that may be requesting completion of the course sooner than Florida statute stipulates. The confusion relates to the fact that Physicians are required to complete a 2-hour course on “The safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances” by January 31, 2019. The Physician statute and PA statute mandates are different


The course is offered HERE. The CS course will not be offered at the FAPA winter or summer symposium, however the symposiums will offer the other required Florida courses: domestic violence and medical errors. 

If you have any further questions about the Controlled Substance (CS) Course, please email:

For regulatory questions related to CS prescribing, please email:



Please click here to access the Controlled Substance Course.


**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.**

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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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