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State Board of Nursing

The State Board of Nursing protects the health and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the licensure/certification and regulation of the practice of professional and practical nursing and dietetics-nutrition by registered nurses, practical nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, dietitian-nutritionists, and graduate nurses. The Board issues licenses and certifications to qualified applicants, approves nursing education programs, establishes standards of practice, and disciplines licensees and unlicensed persons for violations of the Acts and the regulations.
 
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance. 
 
***Confirming License Status***
The licensee, employer and the public can confirm the current status of a license and the expiration date at the PALS verification site:  www.pals.pa.gov/verify.
Allow at least 10-14 business days to receive a renewed license in the mail. Although the paper copy of the renewed license may be requested by an employer, the Bureau strongly encourages that employers use the PALS verification site on an ongoing basis to obtain the most up-to-date licensure information. The information on PALS may be printed if a paper copy is required in the interim.
 
***Special Notice Regarding a New Format for CRNP Prescriptive Authority Approval Numbers***
As the Bureau transitions to the new licensing system (PALS), you will notice that all CRNP Prescriptive Authority Approval numbers will now be in a new format. The 6 digit number will be preceded by the prefix NPPA, for example NPPA000000. The new format (including the prefix) must now be entered to verify a prescriptive authority approval at www.pals.pa.gov/verify.
 
 
CLARIFICATION OF OPIOID CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT UNDER ABC-MAP*
 
Section 9.1(a)(2) of ABC-MAP generally requires that all prescribers and dispensers complete at least two (2) hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids (the Opioid CE).  However, the ABC-MAP contains an exception from the Opioid CE requirement for certain individuals.  To ensure that the relevant health licensing boards within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs uniformly review and apply the Opioid CE exceptions, on October 29, 2018, the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs, in consultation with the legal counsel and health licensing divisions, established the following uniform policy to determine if an individual is required to demonstrate compliance with the Opioid CE requirement:
 
PERSONS WHO MUST COMPLETE THE OPIOID CE
  • Individuals who have a current DEA registration, and
  • Individuals who do not have a current DEA registration, but who utilize the DEA registration number of another person or entity, as permitted by law, to prescribe controlled substances in any manner  
If you do not have a DEA registration and do not use another person or entity’s DEA registration to prescribe any controlled substances, you do not need to complete the Opioid CE. 
 
*The Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act (ABC-MAP)(also known as Act 124 of 2016), 35 P.S. § 872.3, is available on the Legislature’s website at: