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School of Medicine
Continuing Education Program

Prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances

New Date: May 20, 2023

Seton Hall’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) Campus
123 Metro Boulevard │ Nutley, NJ 07110-1150

Registration is now open!

This six-hour course addressing the key concepts required to safely prescribe controlled substances meets the requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses (ANP) to be licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances in NJ. Topics discussed include: the pharmacologic properties of various controlled drug substances, indications and considerations for safe utilization, prevention and management of addictions, prevention and management of impaired practice among health professionals, and the current New Jersey State licensure requirements related to prescribing controlled drug substances.

Target Audience

Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students planning to practice in New Jersey.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this course participants will have increased their knowledge about prescribing controlled substances following federal and New Jersey state mandates. 


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the current New Jersey state requirements for APNs prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS).
  • Discuss current opioid epidemic in the United States and what has been done to try to manage the problem at both the state and national level.
  • Review of DEA classifications and pharmacologic properties of select drugs.
  • Identify tools for substance abuse screening and review the requirements and referral procedure for healthcare providers who may be abusing CDS.
  • Provide best-practice information for use of CDS Agreement forms, prescribing naltrexone for opioid overdose, and implementation of urine drug testing.

After completion of this course, participants will be awarded 6 contact hours.

Seton Hall students: $75.00
Seton Hall faculty/staff: $45.00
General Public: $90.00

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8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome remarks, introduction
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Introduction to Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS)
9:15 - 10 a.m. Pharmacodynamics of CDS
10 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. CDS use in Pain Management
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDS use in Non-pain Related Conditions
12 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
12:30 - 2:15 p.m. Assessment, Prevention, and Management of Addiction/Abuse
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. CDS in NJ and the Opioid Crisis
3:15-3:30 p.m. Final Thoughts and Considerations, Post Test and Evaluation

This program requires a computer and internet access.

Planners, content experts and speakers have declared no conflict of interest.  There is no commercial support for this activity. To successfully earn a contact hour certificate, participants must stay for the entire program and complete a program evaluation and receive a score of at least 80 on the post test. Evaluations and posttest must be completed online by June 3, 2023. Certificates will be distributed electronically two-weeks after the presentation.


Seton Hall University College of Nursing is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: P196-10/20-23

Faculty Listing

Nicole Centrella, DNP, ACNP, FNP, ENP, currently practices in the area of emergency medicine and is an adjunct professor at the Seton Hall College of Nursing. She has worked as an APN in the Emergency Department for more than 15 years. Her practice has included prescribing controlled substances while witnessing the changing standards as it relates to the management and prescribing of these medications over the last two decades. 

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College of Nursing

Seton Hall University's College of Nursing has a mission to educate practitioners of nursing - from baccalaureate-prepared generalists to advanced practitioners - who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. The college established its graduate program in 1975, its Ph.D. program in 2006 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College's graduate nursing programs among the top nursing programs nationwide.

Contact Us

Susan Darby, Ph.D., RNC
Undergraduate Assistant Chair, Family Nursing
(973) 542-6634