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

Next term starts on September 6th, 2022!

A Graduate Degree in Medical Cannabis Specifically Designed for Clinicians!

The Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics program (MS-MCT) prepares students to thrive in the cannabis industry as healthcare providers, advocates, educators, coaches, or entrepreneurs.

You will learn to use cannabis science evidence and holistic approaches to educate, coach, and advocate for cannabis patient populations. As a graduate of the MS-MCT program, you will be recognized for your medical cannabis science expertise and be prepared to be a leader in coaching and educating cannabis patients, the general public, policy makers, and the medical community.

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Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics Program Overview

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30 credits

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100% online

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Financial aid for those who qualify

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Combination of optional recorded live classes and asynchronous assignments

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Highly qualified, post-graduate level faculty

The Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics (MS-MCT) program prepares graduates to:

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Next term starts on September 6th, 2022!
Timothy Bryars
Currently, some form of cannabis is legal in nearly every state. We’re optimistic that federal cannabis reform is forthcoming. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we address the cannabis educational gap in the medical community, because as more states adopt cannabis reform, more patients will use cannabis and healthcare professionals will treat these patients. The Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics program will prepare graduates to apply evidence-based, conceptual cannabis knowledge to clinical settings. Graduates will consider best practices around patient assessment, dosing guidelines, and routes of administration and will serve as thought leaders in coaching and educating cannabis patients, the general public, policy makers, and the medical community.
Timothy Byars
Program Director
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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in health or science related field or 90 credits in related field.
  • Completion of at least one semester of Anatomy/Physiology or a clinical terminal degree or program director’s permission.
  • Preferred minimum GPA: 3.0
  • 2 letters of reference from people in related fields
  • Resume or CV
  • 300-500-word statement otf intent
  • English language proficiency

Schedule and Course Delivery

The Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Therapeutics 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 weekly outcomes.

A full-time student can complete the program in as few as twenty 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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the anatomical and physiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid system.
  2. Evaluate evidence-based literature to make informed decisions about medical cannabis treatment protocols.
  3. Critically assess emerging cannabis legislation in the context of historic, legal, and ethical issues.
  4. Practice a culture of harm reduction with medical cannabis for populational health across the lifespan.
  5. Apply knowledge of cannabis pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to determine the safety, efficacy, and appropriateness of cannabis use.
  6. Apply holistic, person-based care while respecting patient values within the scope of professional practice.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the therapeutic application of cannabis through advocacy, professional development, and interprofessional collaboration.
  8. Evaluate social justice initiatives to ensure equitable access to the cannabis industry and to cannabis health care.
  9. Evaluate how bias, structural racism, and social determinants facilitate cannabis healthcare inequities.
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Model Curriculum

(30 total credits)
TermCourse TitleCredits
Term 1 Introduction to Medical Cannabis History and Policy 3
Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System 3
Term 2 Therapeutic and Medicinal Uses of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids 3
Advanced ECS and Cannabinoid Pharmacology 3
Term 3 Cannabis Research and Evidence-Based Literature Review 3
Ethics, Advocacy, and Public Health: Emerging Issues for Healthcare Professionals 3
Term 4 Adverse Effects, Product Safety, and Patient Recommendation Considerations 3
Cannabinoid Therapeutics I: Clinical Applications for Symptom Management 3
Term 5 Cannabis Therapeutics II: Clinical Applications for Chronic Conditions 3
Capstone 3

Courses

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Introduction to Medical Cannabis History and Policy
Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
Therapeutic and Medicinal Uses of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids.
Advanced ECS and Cannabinoid Pharmacology
Cannabis Research and Evidence-Based Literature Review​
Ethics, Advocacy, and Public Health: Emerging Issues for Healthcare Professionals​
Adverse Effects, Product Safety and Patient Recommendation Considerations
Cannabinoid Therapeutics I: Clinical Applications for Symptom Management

Cannabinoid Therapeutics II: Clinical Applications for Chronic Conditions
Capstone​

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.