Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate

Cannabis LogoMedical marijuana is now legal in nearly half the states across the U.S. Used as an alternative to medications used for chronic pain and other conditions, cannabis is also the fastest growing industry in the country, with sales expected to reach $6.7 billion in total this year.

With such a dramatic rise in interest, there is an even greater demand for clinicians, dispensary managers, and edible creators to understand the indications, counter-indications, benefits, and risks of cannabis and medical marijuana.

UVM is the only medical school in the nation offering a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, edible creators, regulators, and budtenders.

test tubeOffered by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology, the non-credit program covers cannabis history, business, law and policy, plant biology, biological effects on humans, production and safety, pharmacology, and clinical research.

As a new industry-leading credential UVM’s Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine gives professionals assurance they can accurately inform patients and customers, as well as gain a competitive advantage as a knowledgeable, trustworthy provider who can effectively minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of cannabis for therapeutic use.

There is one combined application and registration process for this program. As part of that process applicants must verify that they are 18 years of age or older, have a bachelor’s degree, and have completed college-level foundational science courses in Biology and Chemistry.

As an additional benefit, students who successfully complete the full Professional Certificate Program will be given free access to the five online Continuing Medical Education (CME) modules. Qualified participants will be able to claim CME credit for each module successfully completed. Information on how to access and complete the CME modules will be sent to students after completing the Professional Certificate Program.   

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A Retired Science Teacher Explores a New Path with Cannabis

Central Vermont resident Ann Ndione is a retired science teacher who enrolled in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine Program this fall. Ann, who studied Horticulture and Horticultural Therapy at the New York Botanical Gardens, talked to us about her experience in the new UVM online program.

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