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Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate

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Study the Science of Cannabis + Plant Biology at UVM
September 11 at 12:00pm EST

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Cannabis is now legal across the U.S. Used as an alternative to medications for chronic pain and other conditions, cannabis is also the fastest growing industry in the country, with sales expected to reach over $10 billion in total this year.

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

UVM is the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and regulators.

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. Note that you are not required to submit transcripts and relevant career experience can replace academic requirements. For example, experience as a Registered Nurse will void the science course requirement.


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“I took this course so that I could be well informed about a variety of topics in this field. My expectations were not only met, but exceeded. It was fantastic. In fact it will take me the next several months to reflect, digest and utilize all of the information I was presented with. It was all valuable information!” -Spring 2019 Graduate

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Healing the Mind and Body with Cannabis

Gyan Devi suffered from debilitating migraines that traditional medicine couldn’t treat effectively.

She experienced serotonin poisoning and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome , a disease characterized by long headaches, sometimes focal neurologic signs and occasionally seizures. Her condition left her sick in bed for days at a time and even in a coma.

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