Registration is open for the Nov. 20-21 Intensive Course in Prescribing and Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs. The course fills up quickly, so do not delay your registration. See here for more information.
To prescribe, administer, or authorize for administration a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance in Alabama, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) must obtain annually a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC).
A QACSC is specific to each collaborative practice agreement.
- How to Apply/What Happens Next
- Eligibility Requirements
- Renewal Requirements
- Check Pending Application
Complete the application forms and submit with fee payment.
- The application will be placed on the next Board agenda for approval.
- After the Board meeting, approved applicants will be notified of approval/non-approval.
- Be in a collaborative practice with a physician who holds and maintains a current, unrestricted Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate.
- Submit proof of successful completion within the past 12 months of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 credits or equivalent that include the course “Prescribing Controlled Drugs; Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls” (8 credits) and four credits through a Board-approved course relating to advanced pharmacology and prescribing trends.
- Have a minimum of 12 months of active clinical practice in Alabama.
Apply for registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration after receiving the initial QACSC.
- Prescribing Protocols for QACSC and LPSP
- Initial QACSC Application for CRNPs/CNMs Application and Instructions
- Additional QACSC Application for CRNPs/CNMs Application and Instructions
- QACSC Covering Physician Agreement-NP
- Initial QACSC: $110
- Additional QACSC: $60
- QACSC renewal: $60
Print receipts at the Licensee Portal.
- QACSC is renewed annually on or before Jan. 1 of each year.
- QACSC renewals begin on Oct. 1 and are online only through the Licensee Portal.
- As a requirement for renewal, applicant must:
NOTICE: The ACSC CME requirement was waived for all licensees for 2020. The two-year period to obtain two credits is extended by one year. If your two-year period was 2018-2020, it is now 2018-2021, 2019-2021 is now 2019-2022, and so forth. The two-year period for QACSC holders to obtain four CME credits is likewise extended.
What are the regulations regarding prescribing controlled substances in Alabama?
Please see Prescribing Issues.
Can I use my DEA registration from another state?
No, DEA registrations are location-specific. Please see DEA Registration for more information.
How do I register for the 12 CME credits required for an initial QACSC?
The eight-hour course, “Prescribing Controlled Drugs; Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls,” is presented by the Board and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Please see the Medical Association’s CME & Events web page.
The four-hour course(s) must be approved by the Board. The approved courses are listed here.
I am a physician assistant (or nurse practitioner) with a QACSC. Do I have to meet the CME requirement in the Risk and Abuse Mitigation Strategies rule?
No. As a QACSC holder, you have an existing CME requirement to which you must adhere (see Rules 540-X-12- .05(3) and 540-X-18-.05(2)).