BHPC: Substance Use Disorders



1.5 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours


Interactive Module

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) course covers substance use disorders across the lifespan and includes an overview of screening tools, treatment models and nursing assessment strategies.


About the Series

NURSING IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY is an NYU Meyers Initiative to maximize the potential of the nursing workforce as a vital part of the primary care team to address behavioral health concerns, including substance use and mental health, and mitigate social determinants that serve as barriers to good health.

This project is supported by the New York Community Trust. 

ANCC Disclaimer

The NYU Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Provider # P0367) All nurse planner(s) and author(s)/speaker(s) have completed and signed a conflict of interest statement. 

There are no conflicts of interest to report for this module/program and no commercial support was received for this module/program.

CEU Requirements

To receive nursing contact hours for this learning activity, you are required to view all content, achieve an 80% on the post-test, and complete an evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Review the epidemiology and etiology of substance use disorder across the lifespan. 
  2. Identify the impact of stigma on care of the individual with substance use problems.
  3. Present an overview of substance classes and the acute and chronic effects of use.
  4. Discuss the continuum of substance use, stages of change, and treatments for a variety of substance use disorders across the lifespan.
  5. Identify nursing assessment strategies for individuals with substance use problems.
  6. Discuss nursing interventions for patients who use substances. 


Michelle Knapp, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN

Director, Substance Use Sequence

Clinical Assistant Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing