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Medical Cannabis: Education for Health Care Providers



Act 16, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law requires that licensed dispensaries (opening in 2018) employ a pharmacist or physician on site during operating hours; satellite locations may also employ nurse practitioners or physician assistants to be on site medical professionals. These professionals are required to take a DOH-approved four-hour medical cannabis training course. With 29 states authorizing medical cannabis use for various specified medical conditions, all healthcare professionals (not just those working in dispensaries) would benefit from medical cannabis continuing education to be prepared to answer patient questions, discuss safety and risk information, and to learn about potential drug-drug interactions.


Live Medical Marijuana Certification Courses

University of the Sciences is an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s 4 hour medical cannabis training course for practitioners (physicians who make patient recommendations), pharmacists and other medical professionals. USciences offers live continuing education taught by expert faculty on our campus in West Philadelphia or at other locations in Pennsylvania, with CE and CME credit hours provided for multiple disciplines. This interactive course is appropriate for all pharmacists and health professionals, and includes patient case studies, and opportunities for discussion. Medical cannabis educational courses are provided throughout the Substance Use Disorders Institute at USciences, often in partnership with area medical societies or health systems. See the USciences medical cannabis education web site for upcoming dates, locations, and details on training opportunities.


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On-Demand Medical Marijuana Webinars

Thomas Jefferson University’s Lambert Center is offering an ACPE-accredited four-hour educational course in the use of medical marijuana (MMJ) as therapy. This course is appropriate for ALL clinicians in Pennsylvania. Dispensaries will be opening in PA in 2018; your patients and clients may be treated with cannabinoids by their clinicians. Pharmacists need at least a basic understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the evidence base that has been developed thus far to support safe use of medicinal cannabis therapy.

In addition, completion by pharmacists of an approved, CE-accredited, 4-hour course is required by the PA Department of Health in order to obtain the certification required to work in a PA dispensary. We are pleased to partner with the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association by offering a 15% discounted tuition to all Association members.  The total price before the discount is $229.00.

There are 7 modules in the 4-hour series. The course is offered entirely on-line and can be completed at your own pace.


This course will be available again in November.



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 Click here for a discount code (PPA members only) 







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