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Continuing Education Program

Prescribing Controlled Dangerous Substances

March 22 and 23, 2021
6 - 9 p.m.

Virtual Event

Registration has closed.

This six-hour course addresses the key concepts required to safely prescribe controlled dangerous substances meets the requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) to be licensed to prescribe Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey. Topics discussed include: the pharmacologic properties of various controlled drug substances, indications and considerations for safe utilization, and the current New Jersey State licensure requirements related to prescribing controlled drug substances. This program requires computer and internet access.

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.

Deadline for registration is March 18, 2021.

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

Seton Hall University College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing education professional development by New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. P196-10/2021

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 post test must be completed on-line. Certificates will be distributed electronically two weeks post the presentation.


Faculty Listing

Dr. 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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Nicole Centrella
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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

Joyce L. Maglione, Ph.D.
Director of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Director
(973) 761-9305