Buprenorphine Training for PAs

Training Formats for Physician Assistants

Online 24 Hour Training

Note: If you registered for the 8 Hour Buprenorphine Training prior to September 30, 2023, you can continue to access it via your My Courses page.

Comprised of modules from the newly revised SUD 101 Core Curriculum, this 16 Hour Training provides an excellent overview of SUD in general and MOUD specifically. Participants will receive individual CE certificates from each module and upon completion of all 16 modules will receive a certificate indicating they completed the 16 Hour MOUD Training. Please note that modules completed as part of the previous 16 Hour PA Buprenorphine Training will NOT carry over. However existing progress on the revised SUD 101 Modules will count towards this new 16 Hour Training.

Jointly Accredited Provider

Joint 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 CME

AAPA 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. 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.

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.

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.

8 Hour Online Pediatric Buprenorphine Training

This 8 hour fully online course was specifically designed for providers who specialize in pediatrics seeking to learn how to prescribe buprenorphine. The course focuses on adolescent opioid use disorder and consists of 6 modules.

For questions regarding the 8 hour and 16 hour courses, email [email protected].

Episode 5: Navigating the New DEA 8-Hour Training Requirement for SUDs: What Prescribers Should Know

A new law soon goes into effect that requires new or renewing DEA licensees, as of June 27, 2023, to have completed a total of at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain. Dr Yngvild Olsen, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, joins American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to discuss the requirements going into effect, what should clinicians know about the changes, and how to best prepare.

Continue a Training

If you need to access a course in progress, please go directly to our education site.
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Request Your Buprenorphine Certificate

If you have completed your Buprenorphine Training with PCSS, you can request your certificate here.


Designed for health professionals treating individuals with OUD or prescribing opioids for pain. Our experts provide support by phone, email, or in-person if logistically possible.