PCSS: Half and Half Waiver Training


This is PART 1 of the 8-hour waiver eligibility training.

Physicians are required to apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Those physicians who want to treat more than 30 patients at any one time, must take the 8-hour waiver course.

To treat more than 30 patients, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) (NP/CNM/CNS/CRNA) and Physician Assistants (PAs) must complete 24 hours of specialized training to prescribe buprenorphine. The training includes 8 hours of waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training.

The first half of the training is a 4.25-hour live webcast. The second half of the course is a 3.75-hour computer-based study. An examination on the computer study must be successfully completed within 30 days of the webinar session.