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Wednesday, March 6, 2019   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Courtney Miller

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.



Nico Restivo says...
Posted Thursday, August 8, 2019
Is the Controlled Substance course 70$ or 10$ for student FAPA members?
Luminita Dumitru says...
Posted Saturday, April 6, 2019
I signed in, I updated my profile, but I can't pass the first page with the speaker's picture, so basically I can't access the course! What is causing this? Can you please fix it! Luminita D
David Kotun says...
Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Why does the site keep saying that I am not signed in after I signed in. I cannot access my profile, and I cannot empty my shopping cart. Please fix this. DaveK

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