Physician Assistant Continuing Medical Education

Online CME Opportunities

Appropriate Prescribing of Controlled Substances

This 15-hour continuing education course has been designed to meet the requirements of the South Carolina Department of Labor. Once the modules and post-module examinations have been successfully completed, you will be provided with a certificate suitable for submission along with the Controlled Substances Prescriptive Authority Form.

This enduring activity offers 15 interactive, multimedia modules covering a broad range of topics related to appropriate prescribing of controlled substances. Experts from fields such as medicine, pharmacy, psychology, basic sciences, and regulatory agencies share evidence-based education and pearls for prescribing controlled substances judiciously and with liability authority. Controlled substances may be essential to the management of many patients with acute or chronic pain syndromes, mood disorders, epilepsy, addictive disorders, behavioral illness, and numerous other common medical conditions. This course seeks to provide the prescriber with the following tools related to appropriate prescribing: an understanding the pharmacologic principles of controlled substances, an appreciation for the neurobiologic basis of addiction, reliable methods for comprehensive patient assessment and chart documentation, a review of regional and national regulations relating to controlled substances, reliable strategies for preventing drug diversion or abuse, and examples of community resources for impaired prescriber.

Registrant Type

Physician Assistant
This 15-hour professional contact course is no longer required by SC PA state law effective August 11, 2019. If you signed up for this course prior to August 11, 2019, there is no refund.

Nurse Practitioner $300

This controlled substance course is approved by the SC Board of Medical Examiners and upholds the 15 hour controlled substance continuing education requirement in compliance with the APRN law (S. 345).

This continuing education course is not approved for CME credit.

We are currently updating the course content. Course is not available at this time. 

Attention PAs: Per the new PA Practice Act No. 32 (effective August 11, 2019) PAs are no longer required to obtain 15 hours of controlled substance education to apply for their DHEC/DEA license. The only requirement is to maintain the DHEC/DEA license by obtaining 4 hours of controlled substance continuing education every 2 years. We are currently updating the course content. Please check back on Jan 1st, 2021 for more information on the location of these new modules.