To prescribe, administer, authorize for administration a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance in Alabama, Physician Assistants (PA) must obtain annually a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC).
A QACSC is specific to each registration agreement.
- How to Apply/What Happens Next
- Eligibility Requirements
- Fees (Non-Transferable/Non-Refundable)
- Renewal Requirements
- Check Pending Application
- Agenda Deadlines
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 registration agreement 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 PAs Application and Instructions
- Additional QACSC Application for PAs Application and Instructions
- QACSC Covering Letter-PA
- Initial QACSC: $110
- Additional QACSC: $60
- QACSC renewal: $60
Print receipts at the Licensee Portal
- QACSCs are 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)].