In accordance with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), nurse practitioners must complete 24 hours of specialized training to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The training includes 8 hours of MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training.

Training Formats for Nurse Practitioners

Online 24 Hour Training

Begin the NP 8 Hour MAT Waiver Training
Begin the NP 16 Hour MAT Waiver Training
Note: At the end of the 8 hour and 16 hour MAT waiver training courses, you will receive a CE Certificate for 8.0 continuing nursing education contact hours (8.0 contact hours in pharmacology) and 16.0 continuing nursing education contact hours (13.0 contact hours in pharmacology) provided by APNA. For questions regarding registering or accessing this course, email mat@apna.org or contact customer support here: https://e-learning.apna.org/help.

Other Training Formats to Fulfill 8 Hour Requirement

Half and Half (In-Person) Training

NPs sign up for and attend a 4 hour live training taught by a clinical expert in their area. Once completed, participants receive the second half of the course – a 4 hour online self-study portion. At the end of the course, participants are required to pass an exam with a 75% or higher before applying for their waiver. This option fulfills the first 8 hours out of the 24 hour requirement.

Half and Half (Webinar)

NPs sign up for and attend a 4 hour virtual webinar via computer taught by a clinical expert. Once completed, participants receive the second half of the course – a 4 hour online self-study portion. At the end of the course, participants are required to pass an exam with a 75% or higher before applying for their waiver. This option fulfills the first 8 hours out of the 24 hour requirement.

8 Hour Full Day Training

NPs sign up for and attend a full day training led by a clinical expert in various locations throughout the year. View calendar of events to search for upcoming 8 hour in-person trainings in your area. This option fulfills the first 8 hours out of the 24 hour requirement.