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Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate


What are the pre-requisites?

Participants 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.

If you do not meet all of these requirements, but meet most of them and have demonstrated your ability to succeed, you can request instructor permission to participate in this program. If you are a Registered Nurse, you may be exempt from the college-level science requirements. To request instructor permission, please email a brief explanation of your qualifications for this program to with the subject line “Cannabis Certificate Instructor Permission Request.”

What is the difference between the on-demand modules and the certificate?

The online, on-demand modules offer micro-learning opportunities covering Medico-Legal, Biology and Basic Science, and Clinical Practices. Each module ranges from 1-2 hours and cost $125-$200 each. These are great for someone who needs a deep dive into a specific topic, but does not need a 7 week comprehensive course. The Certificate covers additional topics, takes a more in-depth look at the module topics, and offers active instruction by one of the nation’s leading experts. It also offers a learning community among participants where they can learn from each other, whereas the stand-alone modules do not offer student interaction. Certificate students should expect to spend 8-10 hours per week and the course costs $2,250.

Who is this for?

Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for:

  • Physicians
  • Dispensary personnel
  • Nurse practitioners and Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician assistants
  • Edible creators
  • Regulators

What is the time commitment per week? What types of assignments will there be?

We estimate that students will spend an average of 8-10 hours a week on course instruction. This will be a combination of readings, viewings, discussion boards, assignments, and research.

Are there live sessions?

There are three live synchronous sessions, each on a Friday. These sessions will be used to discuss key concepts related to the modules, to ask questions of faculty, and to share peer-to-peer knowledge on the topic. Session dates are announced at the start of the course. Live sessions may be added or cancelled at the discretion of the instructor.

Are materials included?

There is no required textbook for this Certificate. All course readings and assignments will be regularly distributed online to students via Blackboard.

What is the payment policy for this program?

All payments must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of this offering. An attendee will not be allowed to attend this offering if a balance is due. You have the option of paying in full by credit card, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is paid two weeks before the course begins. You will receive email reminders if you have a balance due.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are not currently available for this program. Tuition must be paid in full two weeks prior to beginning the program.

What is the refund policy for this program?

If you need to cancel your attendance from this offering, you must notify us via email at at least 14 days prior to the start date of this offering, to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of a refund.

Will I receive a 1098-T for this program?

1098-T forms are not issued for this program. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements. For more information, please see this link or consult with a tax professional.

Why should I take this course at UVM?

The Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont has emerged as a leader in education focused on the medicinal use of Cannabis. The UVM Larner College’s pharmacology course, PHRM 200: Medical Cannabis is considered to be the first of its kind at a US academic institution. It delves into molecular biology, neuroscience, chemistry, and physiology. UVM is also the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in Cannabis and medicine. These one-of-a-kind educational offerings at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are led by faculty of the College. In addition to education, UVM is expanding research focused on Cannabis use and human health.

How has this Certificate benefited previous participants?

This Certificate equips people in the medical and pharmacology fields with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions and have informed discussions with patients on the use of Cannabis and cannabis-based products. In additional, it provides regulators and dispensary personnel with the medical, biological, and legal knowledge surrounding cannabis. All students will leave the course knowing the current evidence for safety and efficacy of Cannabis and cannabis-based products, understanding of the therapeutic and clinical uses, and pharmacology and toxicology of Cannabis and cannabis-based products.

How will I be graded?

You will be assessed on your attendance and participation in class, completion of homework assignments, and comprehension of the course material. Some assignments may be project based, along with online student discussions, and readings. The instructor may also give a quiz periodically to assess comprehension of the material. Students must successfully participate in 70% of the program in order to receive a printed Certificate of Completion. Because this is a non-credit program there is no transcript.

How long have we been teaching this program?

The program started in September 2016 and over 130 students have successfully completed the Certificate.