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New York State Mandatory Prescriber Education Guidance - (for DEA Registration No.)


The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training “IACET” and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

This course has been awarded 4.0 Contact Hours and 0.4 CEUs and is intended for Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare prescribers who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number.  In order to receive contact hours/CEUs, participants must read the course material, pass an examination with at least 80%, and complete an evaluation. Contact hours/CEUs will be awarded for this independent study course until June 20, 2020.

NYSNA wishes to disclose that no commercial support or sponsorship has been received.

NYSNA planners and presenters declare that they have no conflict of interest in this program.



Course Introduction

Course Description: The use of prescription and non-prescription opioids has dramatically increased in New York State. Healthcare providers who prescribe opioids must understand and demonstrate ongoing knowledge in regard to the following topics: 

  • Federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances;
  • New York State requirements for prescribing controlled substances;
  • appropriate prescribing;
  • managing acute pain;
  • palliative care;
  • pain management, prevention, screening and signs of addiction;
  • responses to abuse and addiction; and
  • end of life care.

Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to satisfy the Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-a (3).

Target Audience: The Public Health Law mandates prescribers licensed under Title Eight of the Education Law in New York that treat humans and who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, must complete at least three (3) hours of course work.

This training will encompass:

  • pain management
  • palliative care
  • addiction

This includes:

  • physicians
  • advanced practice nurses who prescribe
  • registered nurses
  • residents
  • physician assistants
  • dentists
  • pharmacists

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has provided a FAQ sheet in response to potential questions a prescriber may have about the mandatory NYS Prescriber Education.

Additionally, the NYS DOH has provided mandatory education guidance for courses to be considered acceptable training.

Compliance and Attestation

Provider compliance: This course must be completed by July 1, 2017 and every three (3) years thereafter. If you are licensed on or after July 1, 2017 you must complete the training with in one (1) year of receipt of your license and every three (3) years thereafter.

Provider attestation: To comply, prescribers must file the self-attestation by July 1, 2017 and once every three (3) years thereafter. To submit your attestation online, access your Health Commerce System (HCS) account and follow these steps:

After logging in to the HCS website:

  • Top Right under “my content”
  • Select “ALL applications” then
  • Browse by letter “N” and the first application name is “Narcotic Education Attestation Tracking (NEAT)”
  • Select “NEAT” - Follow the steps provided.

Prescribers that do not have access to a computer can request a paper attestation form by calling the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) toll-free at 1-866-811-7957. They may then complete the form and return it by mail to the address provided.



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe New York State and Federal requirements for safe prescribing controlled substances.

  • Recognize appropriate prescribing guidelines for opioid analgesics for acute and chronic pain.

  • Outline prevention, screening and signs of addiction.

  • Identify responses to abuse and addiction.

  • Discuss Palliative and End of life care.





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