Medical Cannabis Certificate and degree Programs

Next term starts on May 1st, 2023!

Stand Out as an Expert in the Medical Cannabis Field with a medical cannabis certificate or master's degree from an accredited institution!

State cannabis reform and impending federal decriminalization are creating a demand surge for qualified cannabis healthcare professionals. Pacific College’s medical cannabis programs provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between the constantly evolving cannabis industry and the growing science behind cannabis medicine

10 Reasons to Pursue Your Medical Cannabis Certificate or Master’s Degree at Pacific College

The Pacific College of Health and Science’s (PCHS) medical cannabis certificate and master’s programs prepare you to thrive in the cannabis industry as healthcare providers, advocates, educators, coaches, or entrepreneurs. 

The programs are 100% online and specifically built for busy professionals like you. 

As a leader in alternative and complementary medicine education since 1986, PCHS, formerly known as Pacific College of Oriental Medicine or “PCOM”, has a long history of emphasizing herbology, holism, and overall patient wellness.   

Pacific College’s Medical Cannabis Programs provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between the constantly evolving cannabis industry, and the growing science behind cannabis medicine.

PCHS is a proud sponsor of the American Cannabis Nurse Association (ACNA)

PCHS is accredited by the prestigious Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Senior College and University Commission (WASC’s WSCUC), which also counts Stanford, the University of California (UC) and many more as its member institutions.

PCHS’s deeply knowledgeable faculty follow the integrative healthcare approach. They are trained in the pharmacology of herbs and in the incorporation of medicinal herbs into a patient’s allopathic medical diagnoses. 

You will learn to work in collaboration with other healthcare providers. 

Graduates of the Pacific College’s Medical Cannabis Certificate programs can transfer their credits to the MS-MCT program.

The medical cannabis certificate courses are also available as electives in PCHS’s Holistic Nursing programs and Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program (BS-PHEP).


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Medical cannabis certificate and master's programs highlights

100% online

Financial aid for those who qualify

Combination of optional recorded live classes and asynchronous assignments

Pacific College is accredited by WASC

Highly qualified, post-graduate level faculty

Medical Cannabis Programs

Medical Cannabis Certificate

In healthcare, too many front-line workers are under-prepared to consult with and coach patients on the safe and effective use of cannabis. Access to college-level medical cannabis education is essential. Nurses and other healthcare professionals will learn how to incorporate cannabis into patient care and understand how it works in the body, the pharmacological issues, potential adverse effects, and more.

Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics (MS-MCT)

The MS in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics furthers PCHS’s program offerings for healthcare providers by expanding the existing Medical Cannabis Certificate program developed in 2019, and offers a deeper understanding of integrative medicine and patients’ overall health.

Please note that the Medical Cannabis Certificate courses can also be taken as elective in the RN-to-BSN (Holistic Nursing) program, and in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion program.

Next term starts on May 1st, 2023!

Meet your Faculty

Timothy Byars, Program Director

MS, Cannabis Science and Therapeutics

Dr. Carey Clark, Faculty


Past President, American Cannabis Nurses Association

Rachel Parmelee, Faculty


President, American Cannabis Nurses Association

Barbara Orchester, Faculty


Sandra Guynes headshot

Sandra Guynes, Faculty


Thomas A. Clobes, Faculty


Alice O’Leary Randall, Faculty


Biyyiah A. Lee, Faculty


Medical Cannabis Facts

This unprecedented societal shift presents opportunities as well as challenges. As more states adopt cannabis laws, more patients will use cannabis, and more healthcare professionals with knowledge and expertise in medical cannabis are needed to deliver care. Interested in about reading more? Visit our Medical Cannabis Resources and Information page!

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Watch faculty member Eloise Theisen and director Timothy Byars discuss whether medical cannaBis can help prevent or treat COVID-19

Ready to Apply?

If you think a career in medical cannabis is something you would like to pursue, contact us and speak to an admissions representative to get started on your new journey!

For more information, call (855) 866-6767 or fill out our contact form to be contacted by a Pacific College representative.