Medical Cannabis Certificate

Next term starts on September 6th, 2022!

A rigorous, college-level cannabis certificate by an accredited institution

Stand out as a highly educated pioneer in your profession! Learn how to coach patients on the therapeutic effects of the medicine, dosing, self-triation approaches and ingestion methods, while promoting overall health and well-being naturally.

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Medical Cannabis Certificate Programs Overview

3 Courses / 8 College Credits

100% Online

Financial Aid for those who qualify

Combination of optional recorded live classes & asynchronous assignments

Pacific College is accredited by the WASC

Can be completed in as few as 6 months

1 Certificate: 2 Tracks

Two Certificate Tracks Available

1. For Health Professionals

In July of 2018, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing  (NCSBN) created guidelines for nurses that defined six essential areas of knowledge and skills that all nurses must have to work with medical cannabis patients.
Pacific College believes that these needs are universal and appropriate for all healthcare workers and has used these guidelines as the basis for its certificate.

2. For other Professionals

Fortunately, the above guidelines are just as useful to any serious student of medical cannabis. Those wishing to apply this knowledge as health coaches, consultants, or entrepreneurs will be as well-informed as our front line healthcare workers

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

Next term starts on September 6th, 2022!

“I highly recommend the medical cannabis program at Pacific College. In my practice, I can now confidently consult with my patients on the safe and effective use of cannabis. I learned from the program how to provide coaching for patients around the general use of cannabis for various health issues as well as the use of additional holistic modalities. Pacific College’s program helped me bridge the gap between curiosity of cannabis, to speaking openly about cannabis with my patients.”
Fernanda Durlene, DACM, LAc
Sedona Ranch Acupuncture & Retreats

Admissions Requirements

  • An associate degree or credit equivalency (60)
  • English language proficiency
  • Note: Pacific College acupuncture students who completed their second year comps are also eligible to enroll

Schedule and course delivery

The Medical Cannabis certificate program courses are offered online, using a combination of synchronous and self-paced formats. For each seven-week course, two to three weeks are comprised of live classes, while the rest is asynchronous coursework with defined outcomes. A full-time student can complete the program in as few as six months.

Live classes are delivered in real time, with audio and video connection to faculty and fellow students. The connection among participants is comparable to that of on-site classes with the added benefit of attending from the comfort and convenience of your home.

Distance education extends students’ network of opportunities internationally, while Pacific College’s synchronous instructional design fosters camaraderie often exceeding that of on-site models

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how cannabis works in the human system.
    1. Understand the physiology of the endocannabinoid system.
    2. Describe the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medicinal cannabis in relationship to supporting homeostasis.
    3. Define how holistic modalities upregulate the endocannabinoid system.
    4. Explore the evidence of cannabis effectiveness with specific diseases.
  2. Understand the social issues related to cannabis.
    1. Know the historical, legal, and ethical issues related to the prohibition and legalization of cannabis.
    2. Consider how one’s professional role and standards/scope of professional practice relate to supporting patients’ use of medicinal cannabis.
  3. Consult with patients on safe and effective use of cannabis.
    1. Provide coaching regarding the general use of cannabis for pain, PTSD, and other health-related issues.
    2. Identify indications of possible abusse and adverse side effects of cannabis.
    3. Define how cannabis can fit into a healthy lifestyle.
    4. Explore how the endocannabinoid system can be upregulated to enhance homeostasis.
  4. Use a modern holistic approach to healthcare.
    1. Apply humanistic, culturally competent, person-based care or advice while respecting personal and family values.
    2. Conduct evidence-based cannabis research.
    3. Use reflective practice and critical thinking to evaluate outcomes.
    4. Communicate effectively with the entire interprofessional team.
    5. Define best business approaches and healthcare marketing practices related to cannabis.

Medical Cannabis Certificate Courses

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Endocannabinoid System and Pharmacology
Clinical Medical Cannabis Guidelines and Professional Practice

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Medical Cannabis Certificate FAQ

Who is eligible for the certificate program?

Anyone with at least one of the following:

  • A license in a healthcare field
  • At least an associate degree in a healthcare field or bio science field from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education or international equivalent
  • Any PCOM student who has completed second year comps

How long is this program?

The Certificate is comprised of 3 total courses (8 credits total). Each course is 7 weeks long. Certificate completion can be achieved in as few as 6 months.

What is the schedule/classes like?

2-3 weeks out of the 7 will be live classes at a specific day/time. The remaining classes can be done self-paced with specific assignment due dates. Logins are required.

What is the tuition?

The program is $419 per credit which is $3,352 total.

Are you accredited?

Yes. Pacific College is regionally accredited by WASC (see for more information).

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. Students that take 2 courses in their first term would be eligible to apply for financial aid.

What can I do with this certificate upon graduation?

As someone working in the field of healthcare, completion of this program would help you speak about medical cannabis as a treatment, understand drug interaction and contraindications, recommend dosage and application from a scientific standpoint, and educate your clients/patients as well as the public.

Can I take just 1 course?

Yes. The course available to take as a non-matriculated student is the Endocannabinoid System and Pharmacology.

Are the classes recorded?


Can I recommend medical cannabis upon completion?

This program will prepare you for consultation regarding medical cannabis, however, requirements vary by state. We encourage you to check your specific state requirements.

Are there books for the classes?


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.