Prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances

6 contact hours

Course ID:PCDS

Registration & Fees

  • $175 – General Registration
  • $145 – Rutgers School of Nursing Faculty, Students, Preceptors and Alumni (Legacy UMDNJ)
  • Upon registering for the course, please allow 24 to 48 business hours to be added to the Prescribing Controlled Substances online course portal. You will receive an email from Canvas (online portal) as soon as you are added, with instructions on how to “Get Started”.
  • Advanced registration and payment is required for all programs.
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This online course for Advanced Practice Nurses who have prescriptive privileges meets the six-hour mandate for APNs to be licensed to prescribe and manage controlled drug substances. Topics include: pharmacologic properties of controlled drug substances, their indications and appropriate use, and the New Jersey State licensure requirements related to prescribing controlled drug substances. Certificate of completion will be available immediately upon completion of the course.


  • Discuss the current state requirements for New Jersey APNs prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS).
  • Review of CDS DEA classifications & pharmacologic properties of select drugs.
  • Provide best-practice information for use of CDS Agreement forms, prescribing naltrexone for opioid overdose, and implementation of urine drug testing.
  • Identify methodologies for substance abuse screening and discuss the resources and referral procedure for impaired healthcare providers.
  • Provide an overview of the current opioid epidemic in the United States and describe the national and state directives to prescribe responsibility.

Planners and Speakers have no conflicts of interest to disclose regarding this educational activity.

There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this activity.


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In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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