Controlled Substances Education Course

Effective January 1, 2020, as a result of CAPA’s sponsored legislation, SB 697, PAs who have completed a one-time Controlled Substances Education Course may order or furnish a Schedule II drug pursuant to the Practice Agreement without patient-specific advance approval. CAPA's Controlled Substances Education Course meets requirements pursuant to California Code of Regulations Sections: 1399.610 and 1399.612

One must be a licensed PA to take the course and have it count as the course you take one time in your career that would allow you to provide or issue a drug order for controlled substances without advance approval by your supervising physician. 

Official California Code of Regulations
§ 1399.612. Responsibilities of Course Providers and Attendees.

(b) A controlled substance course provider shall issue a certificate of completion to each licensee who has successfully completed the course. A certificate of completion shall include the following information:
(1) Name and license number of the physician assistant
ACCREDITATION: 6 Hours Category 1 CME 
This program has been reviewed and is approved for 6 hours Category I (preapproved) CME credit by the American Academy of PAs. It was planned in accordance with the AAPA’s CME Standards for Lecture-Learner Programs and for Commercial Support of Lecture- Learner Programs. In order to fulfill the requirements of the California Code of Regulations Sections: 1399.541(h), 1399.610, and 1399.612 you must attend the entire 6-hour course, take and pass the post-test.

Participants must use a laptop or desktop to join the meeting. A tablet or your phone will not allow you to take the test while on Zoom. CAMERAS MUST BE ON DURING THE ENTIRE EXAM. No exceptions will be made. 

The planners and sponsors reserve the right to change speakers and/or cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances without penalty. The total amount of any liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fees. CAPA’s minimum registrant policy for the course is 30 registrants. If the minimum threshold isn’t met, CAPA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course to another date.


​Q: I haven't taken my PANCE yet. Can I take the CSEC course? 
A: NO. One must be a licensed PA to take the course. 

Q: I'm scared the virtual class is going to be full and I won't be able to take the course in time so I am going to sign up for the course. Is that okay? 
A: No, do not register without a license. Call the CAPA office if you would like to learn more about the virtual courses. 

Q: I only have a phone. Is that okay? 
A: Proctors must be able to see you during the entire exam. Zoom does not allow you to switch between apps with the camera on so unless you have another device that you can use to take the test, we highly recommend that you find a solution before coming to the course. 

Q: Now that I've completed this course, what's next? Do I contact the DEA? 
A: The CSEC is NOT a DEA course. The course does not qualify nor disqualify you for DEA registration. You are qualified for DEA registration because you are delegated the authority to write for controlled substances by your collaborating physician. The purpose of this course is to give those individuals who complete it the option to modify the requirements for chart cosignature on an individual PA basis. READ MORE HERE

Upcoming Courses:

Sunday, November 21
Saturday, January 15 
Sunday, March 13 
Saturday, August 20 


Registration Fees: 

$200- CAPA Member 
$500 Non-CAPA Member