Medical Cannabis Education

Upcoming Trainings

Live DOH-approved 4-hour Certification Courses

Live Webinars

  • Thursday May 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m — Registration

Live Courses

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., USciences Campus, Philadelphia, PA Registration

Additional Programs

  • Live Webinar:  Advanced Medical Cannabis: Dispensing & Dosing Considerations,
    • Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Registration
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Registration

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Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in America, with more states legalizing its use and dispensaries opening up across the country. Yet physicians, pharmacists, and nurses received next to no education on cannabis as a therapeutic option in their medical training.

The Substance Use Disorders Institute at USciences provides much needed education for health professionals working in states that allow the use of medical cannabis: a certification course to prepare medical professionals in Pennsylvania dispensaries and general training for all healthcare professionals who want to guide patients and answer their questions.

Requirements for Medical Professionals Working in a PA Cannabis Dispensary

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law requires that licensed dispensaries employ a pharmacist or physician on site during operating hours. Satellite locations may also employ nurse practitioners or physician assistants to serve as on-site medical professionals.

These professionals are required to take a DOH-approved, four-hour medical cannabis training course. Practitioners who want to recommend medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania must also meet state requirements, register online, and receive approval.

USciences SUDI is one of the few approved educational providers in the region that provides the DOH-approved training course.

Leading Education for Healthcare Professionals

With 29 states authorizing medical cannabis use for various specified medical conditions, all healthcare professionals (not just those working in dispensaries) benefit from attending USciences medical cannabis continuing education.

These professionals need customized training that keeps pace with the latest discoveries in the field. Our live trainings are not only more interactive and engaging than the recorded courses offered elsewhere, but participants receive up-to-the minute information on regulation changes and emerging state-specific dispensary and formulation

Certification Course Description

Medical Cannabis: Clinical Considerations and Dispensing in PA  (4 hours)


The purpose of this program is to educate physicians, physicians, pharmacists, certified registered nurse practitioners or physician assistants seeking to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. All health professionals interested in learning more about medical cannabis are also encouraged to take this course.


  1. Explain the status of cannabis as a controlled substance under U.S. federal law and the provisions of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act of 2016 relevant to the responsibilities of the practitioner or medical professional.
  2. Describe key features of the endocannabinoid system and cannabis pharmacology, and non-phytocannabinoid constitutes of cannabis.
  3. Discuss best practices in patient evaluation, medical marijuana product choice, dosage and therapeutic monitoring based on the patient’s serious medical condition; including recognition of potential drug interactions, side effects, potential addiction.
  4. Evaluate possible concurrent opioid use, risk management needs, and palliative care considerations for pain management.


ACPEPharmacists: ACPE Credits for this knowledge based program will be awarded and submitted for all pharmacist attendees who register & attest to their active attendance through the webcast platform, complete the evaluation form, successfully complete the post-test, and submit their NABP ePID and DOB verifier (MMDD). 100% attendance is required.

AZOPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and allied health professionals: You will receive a statement from AZO confirming the completion of four hours of continuing education, along with the Certificate of Completion from University of the Sciences for completing the Pennsylvania DOH-approved training course.

Alpha Zeta Omega National Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Certification Course Cost

Course registration for medical professionals requiring the DOH-approved Certificate of Completion is $225-$275. Allied health professionals, students, or  individuals not requiring continuing education hours and the DOH certificate can attend for $75. Discounts are sometimes available to participants of sponsoring health systems or medical societies. See program registration pages for details.

Questions and More Information

For questions about Medical Cannabis education at USciences, or to discuss partnering with us for a webinar or live training course at your health system location, please email Gail Groves Scott, MPH, or call the Substance Use Disorders Institute at 215-596-7636.

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USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute 


Gail Groves Scott, MPH
Manager, Substance Use Disorders Institute


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495