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WVC 30 - 1 - 7 A §30-1-7a. Continuing education.

     (a) Each board referred to in this chapter shall establish continuing education requirements as a prerequisite to license renewal. Each board shall develop continuing education criteria appropriate to its discipline, which shall include, but not be limited to, course content, course approval, hours required and reporting periods.

     (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, each person issued a license to practice medicine and surgery or a license to practice podiatry or licensed as a physician assistant by the West Virginia Board of Medicine, each person issued a license to practice dentistry by the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, each person issued a license to practice optometry by the West Virginia Board of Optometry, each person licensed as a pharmacist by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, each person licensed to practice registered professional nursing or licensed as an advanced nurse practitioner by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and each person licensed to practice medicine and surgery as an osteopathic physician and surgeon or licensed or certified as an osteopathic physician assistant by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy shall complete drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training, as the trainings are established by his or her respective licensing board, if that person prescribes, administers, or dispenses a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code.

     (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, the West Virginia Board of Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, the West Virginia Board of Optometry, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy shall establish continuing education requirements and criteria appropriate to their respective discipline on the subject of drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training for each person issued a license or certificate by their respective board who prescribes, administers or dispenses a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code, and shall develop a certification form pursuant to subdivision (b)(2) of this section.

     (2) Each person who receives his or her initial license or certificate from any of the boards set forth in subsection (b) shall complete the continuing education requirements set forth in subsection (b) within one year of receiving his or her initial license from that board and each person licensed or certified by any of the boards set forth in subsection (b) who has held his or her license or certificate for longer than one year shall complete the continuing education requirements set forth in subsection (b) as a prerequisite to each license renewal: Provided, That a person subject to subsection (b) may waive the continuing education requirements for license renewal set forth in subsection (b) if he or she completes and submits to his or her licensing board a certification form developed by his or her licensing board attesting that he or she has not prescribed, administered, or dispensed a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code, during the entire applicable reporting period.

     (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, each person licensed to practice registered professional nursing or licensed as an advanced nurse practitioner by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses, each person issued a license to practice midwifery as a nurse-midwife by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person issued a license to practice chiropractic by the West Virginia Board of Chiropractic, each person licensed to practice psychology by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists, each person licensed to practice social work by the West Virginia Board of Social Work, and each person licensed to practice professional counseling by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling, shall complete two hours of continuing education for each reporting period on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, as the continuing education is established or approved by his or her respective licensing board. The two hours shall be part of the total hours of continuing education required by each board and not two additional hours.

     (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, on or before July 1, 2015, the boards referred to in this subsection shall establish continuing education requirements and criteria and approve continuing education coursework appropriate to their respective discipline on the subject of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, in cooperation with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. The continuing education shall include training on inquiring about whether the patients are veterans or family members of veterans, and screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and prevention of suicide.

     (2) On or after July 1, 2017, each person licensed by any of the boards set forth in this subsection shall complete the continuing education described herein as a prerequisite to his or her next license renewal. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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