Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation


For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2010  

New Controlled Substance License Applications for Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants Available On-line


CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation today announced it had completed the necessary negotiations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and that Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Physician Assistants (PA) licensed in Illinois may apply for the right to prescribe limited quantities of prescription drugs, that, while having a high abuse risk, also have safe and accepted medical uses in the United States.  

“We are pleased that the regulatory process has been completed with our federal partners so that APNs and PAs in Illinois can better serve the needs of their patients by increased prescriptive practice,” said Donald W. Seasock, Acting Director, Illinois Division of Professional Regulation.

Under the new regulations, APNs and PAs are limited to prescribing any five oral dosage forms of the drugs categorized as Schedule II drugs.  Additionally, they may prescribe no more than a 30-day supply of any of those drugs for patients being treated under a general collaborative agreement for APNs or written guidelines for PAs that includes a delegation of prescriptive authority with a licensed physician or podiatrist.  An APN working independently at a hospital or surgical treatment center does not need to have a collaborative agreement.  

Before applying to the DEA for a Schedule II permit, an APN or PA who has been given controlled substances prescriptive authority must first obtain an IL mid-level practitioners controlled substance license or update their current controlled substances license to include Schedule II controlled substances.  The application for that license is available at on the professional information pages for qualifying professions. 

On receiving state license approval, an APN or PA must then apply for a DEA permit.  That application is also on line and available at