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Reminder – Nurse Practitioners have the ability to prescribe controlled drugs and substances

February 24, 2016

Back in February of 2014, the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta (CARNA) authorized nurse practitioners (NP) to prescribe controlled drugs and substances. The nurse practitioner prescriber list on ACP’s website is a great resource for confirming the NPs who have this authorization. ACP receives an updated list from CARNA weekly, which is posted to the prescriber list section of our website. As with other prescriber lists, you are required to log in to access it.

What is the authorization process for NPs?

To be authorized to prescribe controlled drugs and substances, Alberta NPs must:

  1. Complete a prescribing course recognized by CARNA; and

Complete the CARNA controlled drugs and substances jurisprudence module.