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How to Obtain Your South Carolina DHEC and DEA Licenses
 
 
Four Steps To Obtain Your DHEC and DEA Licenses:

1. Complete a 15 hour CME course on controlled substances.

2. Register with South Carolina DHEC and obtain your DHEC certificate.

3. Apply for your Federal DEA license.

4. Complete the Board of Medical Examiners application for prescribing controlled substances.

 

 

1.  Complete a 15 hour CME course on controlled substances.

  • Complete a 15 hour CME class called the "Appropriate Prescribing of Controlled Substances for Physician Assistants". 
  • Currently this course is only offered by MUSC in the state of South Carolina.
  • Register online @ https://www.123signup.com/register?id=csjxz
  • The cost of the course varies:

$75 – Recent MUSC PA School Graduate
$150 – MUSC Alumni PA
$300 – PA and Non MUSC Alumni

 

2.  Register with South Carolina DHEC and obtain your DHEC certificate.

  • The application link is: http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/library/D-1174A.pdf
  • The cost is $125.00 per year.
  • Your certificate runs from April 1st through March 31st each year, so do not apply in January, February or March because you will have to pay 125.00 again before April 1st of the same year.
  • Do not let your membership lapse or you will be required to complete additional paperwork and will be assessed a fine.
  • Renewal application needs to be completed annually prior to April 1st.
  • Your contact is Ms. Diana Granger who can be reached by phone at (803)896-0634 or by fax at (803)896-0656.

 3.  Apply for your Federal DEA license.

  • New and renewal forms can be found at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/
  • On the right hand side of the screen, choose "New Application Online” then "Begin Registration Process" which will direct you to DEA Form 224 to complete and submit with payment.
    You must have your DHEC license number before you can complete this application.
  • The cost is $731.00 every 3 years.
  • Your contact is DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov or (800)882-9539.

 

4.  Complete the Board of Medical Examiners application for prescribing controlled substances.

CME Course Certification (You can obtain this from MUSC)
SC DHEC Certificate
DEA License
  • The cost is $40.00 which is a one time fee every time you change supervising physicians.
  • Contact info with LLR – Board of Medical Examiners - is medboard@llr.sc.gov or (803)896-4300.

 

Every two years, you must complete at least four hours of category I CME hours for controlled substances.  We offer these hours at our CME conference every year.  You can sign up HERE:  CME Conference


The SCRIPTS Program

If you are a PA who is prescribing controlled substances, you should look into registering from the SCRIPTS program:

The South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), known as SCRIPTS (South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System) went into effect on Feb 1, 2008 for pharmacies and dispensing prescribers to comply with submitting schedules II-IV controlled substance dispensing activity. SCRIPTS is intended to improve the state’s ability to identify and stop diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of licit controlled substances where there is a valid prescriber-patient or pharmacist-patient relationship. As of December 11, 2013, SCRIPTS has over 59 million dispensing records in its database.

For more information, click here: SCRIPTS

Learn how to register for the SCRIPTS program: Registration


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