Questions about Furnishing License and DEA - page 2

Hello i am now a BC NNP and I just got my first NP job! Now, last year when I checked requirements for a furnishing license, the BRN required some supervised hours since I didn't have a job, I didn't apply for it. Now that I... Read More

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    Can I apply for a DEA license as a nurse practitioner if I am not officially employed yet? I am waiting for a job offer through the county health department, pending my background check clears. My future boss, the clinic medical director, says I have to have a DEA license to start working there. So do I apply for the license and put my home address in the business address fields? Or put it off until I have accepted the position? I'd like to wait so that I can defer the fee (government agency), but if it's going to cost me a few weeks of work, it's better if I just bite the bullet and apply.

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    Quote from tws101
    Can I apply for a DEA license as a nurse practitioner if I am not officially employed yet? I am waiting for a job offer through the county health department, pending my background check clears. My future boss, the clinic medical director, says I have to have a DEA license to start working there. So do I apply for the license and put my home address in the business address fields? Or put it off until I have accepted the position? I'd like to wait so that I can defer the fee (government agency), but if it's going to cost me a few weeks of work, it's better if I just bite the bullet and apply.
    If you apply now, you will have to pay the fee instead of it being waived if you wait once you start employment with the county. If you choose this route, yes you may write your home address. It's really your choice. Applying for DEA is a snap online. You won't get your certificate instantly but it will arrive in the mail.
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    ...another thing: once you accept this job offer, you won't start right away because you will go through privileging and credentialing. At that point, you will be asked to submit documents including a DEA certificate. Personally, I would wait until you have been accepted as an employee before applying for the DEA. However, as already been discussed, Furnishing License is another hurdle. Do you already have an application for that? Those are the things that make it difficult for new grad NP's to get started in their new job in California. The good thing is you have a pending job offer and hopefully this agency is willing to wait it out until you get things in place.
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    I waited to apply for my DEA until I had a job because my employer reimbursed me the $731. Not sure they'd have done that if I already possessed it.
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    Thank you so much Juan de la Cruz your comments have been the most helpful advice I've seen. I'm a new grad bc-fnp and have been working for a non-profit community clinic for about 5 months now PT. now that we no longer need the supervising hrs, thought I'd hurry up and get my furnishing n DEA license. Good to know that I should apply for the DEA first. Do nonprofit community clinics count for the fee exemption?
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    Do nonprofit community clinics count for the fee exemption?
    If the clinic is funded by the federal or state government it should. I recently renewed my DEA, the option to check fee exempt is still there with a space to provide the name, title, and contact number of an administrative person who will vouch for your fee exempt status.
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    Hello. I am a new NP in California and I have to say that from what I've read, things are much different than where I currently live. I have a question about the DEA number. Is there a time period one has to wait before applying for a DEA or can the person (even if that person is a new graduate) apply for a DEA number when the furnishing number application is completed?
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    You must have a license to practice as an NP before applying for a DEA. The DEA application asks for your CA NP License Number. You don't need a Furnishing License to apply for a DEA (at least the application process does not ask for a Furnishing License Number). That is the reason why I'm recommending applying for both DEA and Furnishing License at the same time.
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    Hi Juan,

    I came across your post and it appears you are very knowledgeable about the NP DEA and furnishing app process in CA. I have a question that relates to your post on 1/9/13. I am a new NP, I have my furnishing license and I am going to be applying for my DEA license. Do I have to send a written request to the BON after obtaining my DEA number to request for Schedule II furnishing privileges? or Is it automatically implied once I have obtained my DEA number? I am not clear on how the process works. Please advise.
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    Quote from bcaliRN
    Hi Juan,

    I came across your post and it appears you are very knowledgeable about the NP DEA and furnishing app process in CA. I have a question that relates to your post on 1/9/13. I am a new NP, I have my furnishing license and I am going to be applying for my DEA license. Do I have to send a written request to the BON after obtaining my DEA number to request for Schedule II furnishing privileges? or Is it automatically implied once I have obtained my DEA number? I am not clear on how the process works. Please advise.
    You need to send a copy of (1) your DEA certificate and (2) a certificate of having completed an approved Controlled Substance Continuing Education Course along with (3) a written request for CSII authority to the BRN in Sacramento.

    ***Some schools include the Controlled Substance CEU as part of the Pharmacology Course, some do not. If yours didn't, your best bet is to purchase a course from the California Association of Nurse Practitioners. The link is found here. There are other Continuing Education companies that offer this course as well.


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