Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have unlimited access to this course?
Absolutely! You can access this course however many times you want for however long you want! All Elite Nurse Practitioner Courses are pre-recorded and accessible indefinitely!
Do I have to have a specialized certification to administer ketamine?
No, there are no specific certifications or licenses necessary to administer ketamine infusions in the outpatient setting outside of the normal licenses required by your state to practice, such as your NP license, DEA license, etc.
Can nurse practitioners really administer ketamine infusions?
Absolutely! It is within the scope of a nurse practitioner to administer ketamine via infusion, IM, oral, and intranasal routes. You can prescribe ketamine and you are also a registered nurse, therefore you can manage IV infusions. Even the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners state that nurse practitioners can and should administer ketamine to patients with treatment resistant mental health disorders and chronic pain.
Additionally, the doses you are administering are sub-anesthetic, therefore you are not administering anesthesia as a CRNA would.
Do I need to have any specific experience to do this?
We recommend that you have experience with managing IV therapy (not necessarily ketamine) either as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner. You also should be ACLS certified and consider getting a conscious sedation certification before getting started, even though not required. This is not difficult to do and should only cost a few hundred dollars.
Will this course teach me how to start a Ketamine Infusion Clinic from scratch?
YES! The course goes over every aspect of starting a ketamine infusion clinic. The course covers everything from the clinical aspects to forming an LLC! All of the consent forms, protocols, and documentation are also included!
Is it expensive to start a ketamine infusion clinic or integrate it into my practice?
The actual medications such as ketamine, IV fluids, zofran, etc. are very cheap, but you do need to be aware that there are start up costs you need to consider. You need to budget $5,000-$7,500 for all the equipment (infusion pumps, heart monitors, etc.) needed to get started. Once these are paid for though, then it is very cheap to operate!
Will this course go over how to market a Ketamine Infusion Clinic?
Yes! Marketing is the number one function of any business and you should understand how to do basic marketing. The good news though is that these patients typically will find you!
Could I start a stand alone Ketamine Infusion Clinic?
Of course you could! There are hundreds of stand alone ketamine infusion clinics throughout the country.
I already own a practice, can I just add this as a service?
Yes! This service line could be applicable to any type of practice including IV infusion clinics, primary care, wellness practice, psych practices, and pain clinics.
Is having a DEA number necessary?
Yes, ketamine is a schedule III controlled substance.
Is Ketamine FDA approved?
Yes, ketamine is FDA approved as an analgesic and anesthetic, but you need to know that ketamine for the treatment of mental health disorders and chronic pain is considered off label. This is slowly changing though, as Spravato was recently FDA approved as a ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression. Regardless, thousands of providers around the country prescribe off label therapies on a daily basis! There is nothing to worry about as long as it is done safely and within reason.
Will this offer CME?
YES! This course offers 9 CE hours. The Elite Nurse Practitioner is credentialed as an organization that can provide CEU through the ANCC. CEU awarded through The Elite Nurse Practitioner applies to ANCC, AANP, and all boards of nursing!
Will this course provide a certificate of completion?
Yes! A certificate is issued at the end of the course that will show the CEU hours and your completion of this course. You can also use this to submit for reimbursement and provide your malpractice carrier.