When to get NPI # and script pad?

Specialties NP


Hi all,

just got my brand spanking new FNP license (yay!!!!) and looking for work. Does anyone know at what point to apply for NPI # and script pad? Can I apply now or wait till I get hired? I am in NY BTW, if that's helpful.

Thanks a million!


Get your npi # now. Your workplace should provide script pads for you.

Specializes in ACNP-BC, Adult Critical Care, Cardiology.

Depends on which state you're in. I used to live in a state where a collaborative agreement document is required with the DEA application. Where I'm now, an NP certification with the state is all that is required.

Specializes in FNP, ONP.

I live in an independent practice state. I got my NPI and DEA numbers before job hunting. They have hundreds of script pads at my workplace, although they don't have my name on them since I didn't yet work there when they ordered them. It hasn't mattered; about the only thing I write by hand is Zostavax and school/work excuses, lol.


thanks for suggestions. I am in NY. Often, the employer will pay for DEA ($700) from what I understand. SO, I do not want to get it just yet....


Specializes in ACNP-BC, Adult Critical Care, Cardiology.

It is wise to wait until you're employed. A lot of employers do pay for your DEA certificate. In my case, our application fee is waived as we are employees of the state.

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

And...why put your DEA number on ALL your scripts? Bad idea in my book. Plus, all the places I've worked its e-prescribing. CMS pays big bucks to practices/hospitals that eprescribe and believe me, they are all jumping on that bandwagon. I rarely WRITE scripts, almost everything via computer/ipad.

Thanks for all replies!

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