Prescribing CDS for nurse practitioners
CARNA grants authorization for NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS), including those monitored under TPP Alberta. Authorization is granted only after an NP or GNP completes the requirements outlined below. Until that point, a condition is placed on the practice permit restricting the individual from prescribing CDS.
New applicants will need to meet these requirements according to policies adopted by the CARNA registration committee.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The federal legislation New Classes of Practitioners Regulations was passed in November 2012. This legislation provided NPs with the additional prescriptive authority of Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS).
CARNA began authorizing NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS) in February 2014.
For more information, download the prescribing standards for NPs.
When an NP successfully completes these requirements, they will be able to prescribe CDS, including those monitored under TPP Alberta.
All new graduates from an approved entry level NP program in Alberta meet all the requirement to prescribe CDS. You cannot prescribe CDS until you receive notification from CARNA. It is recommended to get yourself familiar with the resources below. After reviewing if you have further questions about CDS or any other practice questions please get in touch with a practice consultant.
New NP applicants outside Alberta will need to meet the following requirements according to policies approved by the CARNA registration committee.
- Complete a CDS prescribing education course. If you completed your CDS education in an NP program outside of Alberta, please contact email@example.com to determine if the program meets our requirements.
- If your NP education did not include a CDS module, completion of the following standalone courses meets the CDS requirement:
- Prescription and Management of Controlled Drugs and Substances from Athabasca University
- CDSA Module (PHAR-1604) from Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Prescribing Narcotics and Controlled Substances from the University of Ottawa/Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing
Once the course is completed, please email the course completion certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meet the CDS Jurisprudence requirement by completing the CDS Jurisprudence Module.