In accordance with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), physician assistants 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 Physician Assistants

Online 24 Hour Training

Begin the PA 8 hour MAT Waiver Training
Begin the PA 16 hour MAT Waiver Training

Jointly Accredited ProviderJoint Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

PA AAPA Category 1 CMEAAPA Credit Designation Statement – Enduring Material (8 Hour): American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until 2/16/2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

PA AAPA Category 1 CMEAAPA Credit Designation Statement – Enduring Material (16 Hour): American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 16 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until 2/16/2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Other Training Formats to Fulfill 8 Hour Requirement

Half and Half (In-Person) Training

PAs 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)

PAs 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

PAs 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.

For questions regarding the 8 hour and 16 hour courses, email pcss@aaap.org.