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PCSS Half & Half Waiver Training

Half & Half Waiver Training

Buprenorphine for the Treatment of
Opioid Use Disorder


  • OB/GYNs
  • Pediatricians
  • Primary care providers
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Physician assistants

Training Overview

The PCSS Half-and-Half waiver training course provides an overview of the FDA-approved medication buprenorphine prescribed for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The course meets the required 8-hour training to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. The course trainer will conduct an overview of prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders emphasizing OUD.

The buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training is offered in a ‘half- and-half’ format - 4 hours of in-person or virtual training followed up by 4 hours of online training through PCSS. Upon completion of the required training, providers will meet the requirement of the DATA 2000 to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for patients with OUD.

Physicians are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training. Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) which can be found here: 

Learning Objectives

  1. Review addiction treatment in office-based practices
  2. Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder
  3. Determine what medical record documentation must be followed
  4. Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques
  5. Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation
  6. Review safety concerns and drug interactions 

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the Data 2000 Sponsor for this training.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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