ASAM is one of the DATA2000 organizations that can provide the 8-hour training for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. ASAM also provides the additional 16 hours that are required for NPs and PAs.
8-Hour Online Training for Physicians
24-Hour Online Training for NPs and PAs
ASAM, AAPA and AANP have formed a collaborative to provide the 24-hour waiver training for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The three organizations are authorized by statute to provide this training. Educational content has been identified and/or created to satisfy the 24-hour requirement as described in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).
To qualify for a waiver, NPs and PAs must:
• Be licensed under state law to prescribe Schedule III, IV, or V medications for pain
• Complete not less than 24 hours of appropriate education through a qualified provider
• Through other training or experience, demonstrate the ability to treat and manage OUD
• If required by state law, be supervised or work in collaboration with a qualifying physician (physician must be waivered) to prescribe medications for the treatment of OUD
Please ensure that your state regulations allow you to prescribe buprenorphine and other medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder before you apply for the waiver. Some states may have overriding state legislation that will prevent NPs/PAs from prescribing these medications even if Federal law allows it. Click here to learn more about applying for the waiver.
This training is divided into two parts of 8 hours and 16 hours. If you have already completed the 8-hour DATA2000 course, you will only need to complete the second part of the 16-hour course.
For NPs (CE Credit through AANP): Click Here
For PAs (AAPA Category 1 CME Credit): Click Here
Blended - 4 hours online/4 hours live
The blended format combines 4 hours of self-paced online learning with 4 hours of live learning for a total of 8 hours. The online portion is expected to be completed first as it covers the essential knowledge content. The live portion will focus on the clinical application of the content covered online using case-based discussions. Upon registration, learners will be issued access to the online portion of the blended course through the ASAM e-Learning Center.
8 Hours Live
All 8 hours are delivered in a live classroom setting. Currently, there are no 8-hour courses scheduled. Check the Upcoming Courses page frequently for updated options.
Click here for a list of MAT courses for physicians offered through PCSS-MAT.
Click here for waiver courses supported by ASAM and offered by Clinical Tools Inc.
Questions? Contact ASAM’s Education Department
American Society of Addiction Medicine
11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301.656.3920 | Fax: 301.656.3815 | Email: education@ASAM.org