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CA New Grad NP with questions about licensing

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Has 4 years experience.

HI!

I'm in California and I just graduated from an MSN program and passed the ANCC PMHNP exam....

I applied for my NP license and Furnishing number. I requested my ANCC verification be sent to the the board- now I'm wondering what to do next.

It looks like I need to apply for my NPI, a DEA, and a controlled II substance certificate. Here are my questions:

1. Can I apply for a DEA without a job?

2. If I can apply for my DEA without a job; what address should I use? (I've read you have to have a business address to apply but I can't find any information to confirm this).

3. Besides obtaining a DEA, do I have to do something extra to prescribe controlled substances schedule III-V in California?

4. Do I take the schedule II course before I apply for my DEA or after?

5. I don't have a collaborative agreement because I don't have a job lined up yet; will I be able to obtain the DEA without a collaborative agreement?

If you have any other info I didn't know to ask; I would appreciate any advice!!

Thank you!

thinbluelineRN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine.

To my knowledge you you need a work address for a DEA. Wait to apply for this because this license is expensive (700+) and most employers will reimburse this.

Hello, congratulations! Here is what I can answer regarding your questions:

1. Can I apply for a DEA without a job?

As thinblueline said, you need a work address for your DEA so you'll have to wait.

2. If I can apply for my DEA without a job; what address should I use? (I've read you have to have a business address to apply but I can't find any information to confirm this)

I don't think you can apply for a DEA without a job address.

3. Besides obtaining a DEA, do I have to do something extra to prescribe controlled substances schedule III-V in California?

No. Your DEA number will cover those schedules

4. Do I take the schedule II course before I apply for my DEA or after?

I took mine before.

5. I don't have a collaborative agreement because I don't have a job lined up yet; will I be able to obtain the DEA without a collaborative agreement?

I would just wait to apply for your DEA number. If you're a new grad, it would be expected that you don't have one and as thinblueline said, hopefully your new employer will pay for it.

thinbluelineRN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine.

Also the schedule II was part of my pharmacology class where I went to school so we ha to do the exam in the middle of our pharmacology semester. But I went to school in California so I don't know if this is different in other states.

In general wait until you have a job because you will need a work address to apply for a DEA number in California.

Don't apply for the DEA without a job. It's about 800 dollars and your employer usually pays for it .