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Requirements of Florida Statutes Pertaining to Controlled Substances Prescribing

Wednesday, November 2, 2016   (32 Comments)
Posted by: Tina Kautter

Requirements of Florida Statute Pertaining to CS Prescribing


· As with all practice activities, the physician assistant must be delegated the authority to prescribe controlled substances by their supervising physician.


·  Physician assistants who are delegated the authority to prescribe will not see an increase in their overall hours of continuing education required, but they must take 3-of-the-10 hours on safe and effective controlled substance prescribing at every renewal cycle. (Notice: if you have a prescribing license, regardless of whether or not you intend to get a DEA license, you are REQUIRED, at each license renewal, to take the referenced prescribing course per statute).


·  Per the legislation, PAs and ARNPs are prohibited from prescribing controlled substances in registered pain-management clinics. Physician assistants and ARNPs are, however, authorized to prescribe controlled substances for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain as long as they are not on the premises of a registered pain management clinic.


·  Physician assistants must limit the prescription of Schedule II controlled substances to a 7-day supply. Schedules III-V have no restrictions on supply.


· Physician assistants and ARNPs may not prescribe psychiatric mental health controlled substances for children younger than 18 years of age. Psychiatric nurses who are also ARNPs may prescribe psychiatric mental health controlled substances for children younger than 18 years of age, including schedule IIs.


·  The implementation date for the controlled substance prescribing for PAs and ARNPs is January 1, 2017.


·  FAPA and the Board of Medicine advise all PAs that the law did not intend to create a loophole to allow PAs to prescribe 7-days-worth of a schedule II repetitively, nor should a PA write multiple 7-day prescriptions for the same ailment at the office visit. Partaking in these actions will put the PA at risk for disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine.


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


Kate Callaway Burns says...
Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017
When you go to the main page of the FAPA website, there is a scrolling banner. Click the picture/link which states "PPACE Prescribing Course, Register Here". Alternatively, you can click the calendar link on the website and you will find the registration link as well. If you are missing a certificate: You MUST watch the entire video for the course or you will not get credit for it. Please be sure to let the video finish running. Some course participants have stopped the video a few minutes early and have not received certificates. The program registers your completed course. The Link for the test is listed in the initial registration email. If you have trouble finding it, please see below. PLEASE SEND ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE TO: (this page does not send notifications for comments. Our apologies)
Michael Garcia says...
Posted Sunday, April 30, 2017
I have taken and passed the required controlled substance course for PA’s. I submitted my payment and info around February 21, 2017. I was wondering how long it should take to receive my # by mail? Is there someone I can contact to find out this information. Thanks
Cynthia Stewart says...
Posted Saturday, April 29, 2017
I've sat for the 3 hour controlled substance presentation sponsored by PPACE, now how do I access the test? No obvious links to do so
Gloria Sharp says...
Posted Sunday, April 23, 2017
Where is the link for the controlled substances course? I see there are continual requests for the link and yet no link that can be found when you log in as a FAPA member.
Oksana Richards says...
Posted Friday, April 21, 2017
Could you please post a link to the course offered through FAPA. Thank you
Haley Appel says...
Posted Monday, April 3, 2017
Hi Kellie, the link for the controlled substance test should have been emailed to you when you registered. If not, email me at
Kellie Dunlap says...
Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where can I find the link for the DEA test?
Haley Appel says...
Posted Thursday, March 23, 2017
Thanks Heather! We will add a checklist to the site soon. Thanks for your help and recommendation!
Heather Hornstein says...
Posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Steps to getting your controlled substance prescribing license: 1. Watch videos and pass test (see FAPA website to get videos and test info) 2. Apply for DEA number online with DEA - this will be mailed to you 3. Email - she works for the state and will give you the additional forms you need to fill out for the state. They were all forms I have already filled out in the past, but they want them filled out again. Email them back to her and you should be all set! Good Luck!
Heather Hornstein says...
Posted Monday, March 20, 2017
I have taken the 3 hour course, I passed the test, I filled out the DEA application, I got my DEA number in the mail. I have filled out a request with the state of FL. Is that all I need to do? Do I need to wait for the state to send me something? Thanks!
Haley Appel says...
Posted Sunday, March 19, 2017
Hi Heather, Did you take the 3 hour Controlled substance course?
Heather Hornstein says...
Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Can somebody post a list of steps you need to take in order to prescribe controlled substances as a PA in Florida? I have my DEA number but I think there is something I need to do with the FL board of medicine. A checklist would be helpful for me, as well as others just getting started in this process. Thank you.
Jimmy Sellers Jr. says...
Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Mrs. Kautter, with regards to the first statement, if we had a prescribing license in addition to our FL PA license, which to the best of my knowledge has now been merged and is renewed as one now, is the ability to prescribe controlled substances implied, once the DEA license has been issued? Or is there a separate process for filing delegated authority to prescribe controlled substances with the state; I can not find anything specific on the FL BOM website? Thank you for your time and cooperation!! Jimmy Sellers, PA-C
Kathy Olbeter says...
Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Where is the link to the Controlled Substance Course? Thanks.
Earl Miller III says...
Posted Thursday, February 2, 2017
I have applied for and received my DEA license. I'm still confused about the rules on prescribing schedule II medication. The official statement is: PA's must limit the prescription of Schedule II controlled substances to a 7-day supply. My specialty is Orthopedic Total joint replacements so most of my patients require schedule II medication for 4-5 weeks. I want to be able to RX pain meds for my patients but I am not sure how many times I can write a 7 day prescriptions for my patients and not put myself at risk for disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine. Please advise.
Carlos Fernandez says...
Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017
I received a call from Walgreens today informing me that Florida PA's could not write for a 30 day supply of Adipex-P with the current DEA license. My understanding is that Adipex-P is Schedule IV. Has anybody else run into this issue?
Charity Bailey says...
Posted Monday, January 23, 2017
Besides updating our address with the DEA, and taking the controlled substance prescribing course, is there anything else we need to do with the board to start prescribing controlled substances? I have been trying to call them and I have left at least 3 messages but nobody calls me back. The guidance still seems very vague.
Kate Callaway Burns says...
Posted Monday, January 23, 2017
If you have a DEA number given in another state, the number does not change. You will have to go to the DEA website, log on and update your practice setting as well as renew your license (pay the fee). The CS course can be found by accessing the calendar or hitting the CS scrolling tab on the Main Page.
Kate Callaway Burns says...
Posted Monday, January 23, 2017
You can apply for a DEA number at:
Brian Creghan says...
Posted Sunday, January 22, 2017
took the course, now where do we get the DEA number. God bless and thanks.
Jared Stinebeck says...
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017
What is the website or where is the link to the FAPA controlled substance course?
Lori Bodenheimer says...
Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I have an active DEA license from when I lived in Pennsylvania, expires in 2017. I took the controlled substance course, is my license automatically active or is there another form I have to fill out? Please let me know what I have to do in order to be able to prescribed controlled substances. Thank you Lori
Cindy Parker says...
Posted Saturday, January 7, 2017
No...FAPA offers one free to members. Do not give them your money.
Amy West says...
Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The Florida Medical Association is saying that their course is "the only course available that meets the requirements of s.458.347(4)(e)3, Florida Statutes. Is this true or a tactic to get us to take their $150 course?
Marc McCollaum says...
Posted Friday, December 30, 2016
Schedule II medications are limited to a 2 week supply if written by a PA.....does the same rule apply for ARNPs in family and adult medicine? Is there parity here? The exception only mentioned Psych ARNPs and Schedule II meds for patients under the age of 18 having no restrictions. It sounds like the Psych ARNPs would have access to both adults and children in their field of expertise. But all other mid levels are restricted from say adderall. Is this correct?
Evelyn Coley says...
Posted Monday, December 26, 2016
Any information forthcoming on when and how to apply for DEA license? I took the course and looked at; but the Florida laws aren't in effect until Jan. 1.
Eve Johnson says...
Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016
I have been a PA in Fl x 9 yrs. I came from another state and have had a DEA number for 20 + yrs. I have taken and passed the Florida controlled substance course. Now what do I do. DEA licenses are not put on hold when you move to another state. Do I simply have prescriptions made up for controlled substances? Please respond. Eve Johnson PA-C
Kelly O'Sullivan-Stobbe says...
Posted Friday, December 9, 2016
This law doesn't help very much in the capacity I was hoping. We will still have to get co-signatures on weight loss meds and ADD meds which is very time consuming. Very disappointing.
Keith Yattaw says...
Posted Thursday, December 1, 2016
This is the response that I got from the DEA. Either your State does not allow those with your MLP degree to handle any Schedules, or The Drug Enforcement Administration has Not completed its review of your State's MLP legislation. We cannot process a registration without any available schedules to select. Please check the DEA website's State MLP Tables for more details.
Dulcy Yahraus says...
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2016
DEA license is a national license. You apply for it at You will not be able to apply until after January 1, 2017. You apply online and cost is approximately $721 for a 3 year license. You are required by law to take a Safe Prescribing of Controlled Substances course before your next license renewal. The law does not state that you have to take it before applying for the DEA license. BUT.. Any hospital you may be affiliated with might require that in their bylaws in the future. You must comply with the above stated information. Keep posted for further updates from FAPA.
Jolene Piazza says...
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2016
I cannot find the answer to this either.
Scott Murphy says...
Posted Monday, November 7, 2016
how does a physician assistant apply for a DEA number in the state of florida

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