Frequently asked questions - QACSC for CRNPs and CNMs

QACSC: What are the requirements, qualifications and from whom do I obtain the QACSC?

What is the fee for an initial QACSC / QACSC Renewal?

How often do I have to renew my QACSC?

What are the requirements to renew a QACSC?

Where can I find a schedule for the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses?

Does my collaborating physician have to attend the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses?

Will I receive a certificate at the end of the BME/MASA Prescribing/Pharmacology course?

Can the initial eight - credit prescribing course be taken somewhere else, e.g., out of state?

Can the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses be taught at UAB / by a UAB physician?

Do I have to attend all days of the Prescribing/Pharmacology course for an initial QACSC application?

Where can I find answers to questions I have about the Prescribing/Pharmacology course?

Do I have to obtain a DEA registration?

Where can I obtain a DEA registration?

When can I obtain a DEA registration?

Do I have to register with PDMP?

Where can I register with PDMP?

When can I register with PDMP?


QACSC: What are the requirements, qualifications and from whom do I obtain the QACSC?

The Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC) for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives are issued by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners is the regulatory board for the QACSC only. Any questions concerning the QACSC should be directed to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, .

Before qualifying to apply for a QACSC, the applicant must:

  • Be a CRNP or CNM in a collaborative practice with a physician who holds a valid, unrestricted ACSC
  • Submit documentation of completion of a total of 12 hours of the CME course, Prescribing Controlled Drugs, jointly sponsored by the Board and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) (eight credits), and documentation of completion of four Category 1 credits in advanced pharmacology and controlled substances prescribing trends (click here for information on Board/MASA course) (the Board/MASA course includes the required eight-credit prescribing course and a four-credit advanced pharmacology/prescribing trends course)
  • Provide documentation of a minimum of 12 months of active clinical practice pursuant to an approved collaborative practice agreement in Alabama (temporary and provisional approval practice time may not be used)

NOTE: Both a QACSC and a DEA registration are required to prescribe or distribute controlled substances.

NOTE: Each Collaborative Agreement requires a separate QACSC license.

 

Once a QACSC has been issued, the registrant will need to complete the following tasks before the QACSC can be renewed:

  • Have a current registration issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Find information at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/
     
  • Have a current registration to access the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    To register:
    1. Go to: http://www.adph.org/PDMP/
    2. Select the Security Portal hyper link located in left hand column
    3. Select the Create an account hyperlink located in the "I want" to box
    4. Select the application check box labeled PDMP-Controlled Substance Database
    5. Select the appropriate Application Type radio button located under the PDMP application type section
    6. Complete all the required fields on the online application.

What is the fee for an initial QACSC / QACSC Renewal?

Please see the initial QACSC fee and renewal QACSC fee on the Schedules of Fees


How often do I have to renew my QACSC?

The QACSC is valid for one year and must be renewed by December 31 of each year. The annual renewal application period begins on October 1.

If a QACSC is obtained during a calendar year, the QACSC will have to be renewed by December 31 for the following year.
(e.g.: If the QACSC is obtained in September, the QACSC will expire December 31st and will have to be renewed.)

Also see QACSC renewal requirements


What are the requirements to renew a QACSC?

The following tasks must be completed before a QACSC can be renewed:

  • Have a current registration issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Find information at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/
     
  • Have a current registration to access the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    To register:
    1. Go to: http://www.adph.org/PDMP/
    2. Select the Security Portal hyper link located in left hand column
    3. Select the Create an account hyperlink located in the "I want" to box
    4. Select the application check box labeled PDMP-Controlled Substance Database
    5. Select the appropriate Application Type radio button located under the PDMP application type section
    6. Complete all the required fields on the online application.

     
  • Every two years, QACSC registrants must obtain four Category 1 credits or equivalent through a Board approved course or courses regarding the prescribing of controlled substances.


Where can I find a schedule for the Prescribing/Pharmacology course?

A schedule of the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses can be found by visiting http://www.alamedical.org/


Does my collaborating physician have to attend the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses?

No, but it is advisable.


Will I receive a certificate at the end of the BME/MASA Prescribing/Pharmacology course?

Upon successful completion of the Prescribing/Pharmacology course a certificate will be provided by MASA.


Can the initial eight - credit prescribing course be taken somewhere else, e.g., out of state?

No. Currently the only course accepted by the Board to meet the initial eight - credit prescribing course requirement is the BME/MASA jointly sponsored course.


Can the Prescribing/Pharmacology courses be taught at UAB / by a UAB physician?

No. Currently the only course accepted by the Board to meet the initial eight - credit prescribing course requirement is the BME/MASA jointly sponsored course.


Do I have to attend all days of the Prescribing/Pharmacology course for an initial QACSC application?

Yes. To obtain a certificate for the course all days and sessions must be attended for a total of 12 credits, eight in prescribing and four in advanced pharmacology/prescribing trends.


Where can I find answers to questions I have about the Prescribing/Pharmacology course?

Visit the MASA website and choose the "Contact Us" link.


Do I have to obtain a DEA registration?

Yes. Both a QACSC and a DEA registration are required to prescribe or otherwise distribute controlled substances in Alabama.


Where can I obtain a DEA registration?

The DEA registration is a Federal registration. Find information at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/


When can I obtain a DEA registration?

You will need to obtain your initial QACSC before you apply for a DEA registration.
NOTE: Both a QACSC and a DEA registration are required to prescribe or otherwise distribute controlled substances. Additionally, in order to renew a QACSC, a registrant must hold a valid DEA registration.


Do I have to register with PDMP?

Yes. As of October 2014, registration with the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is required in order to renew the QACSC. See http://www.adph.org/PDMP/ for more information.


Where can I register with PDMP?

To Register with the PDMP:

  1. Go to: http://www.adph.org/PDMP/
  2. Select the Security Portal hyper link located in left hand column
  3. Select the Create an account hyperlink located in the "I want to" box
  4. Select the application check box labeled PDMP-Controlled Substance Database
  5. Select the appropriate Application Type radio button located under the PDMP application type section
  6. Complete all the required fields on the online application.

When can I register with PDMP?

You will need to obtain your initial QACSC before you register with the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
NOTE: PDMP registration is required before a QACSC can be renewed. See http://www.adph.org/PDMP/ for more information.

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