Medical Cannabis Education

Upcoming Trainings

Live DOH-approved 4-hour Certification Courses

  • Saturday, March 24 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Center City Philadelphia, Philadelphia County Medical Society (registration open)
  • Tuesday, March 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Lancaster, Pa., Lancaster General Hospital (registration open)
  • Monthly live webcasts: dates announced soon (sign up for the email list so you can be one of the first to know)

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.

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.

SUDI conducts a medical cannabis certification course, a four-hour training recognized by the PA DOH Office of Medical Marijuana. (The PA DOH Office of Medical Marijuana receives notification of course completion for participants.) See above for upcoming course offerings.

We also offer other medical cannabis training resources that help a variety of healthcare professionals learn about potential drug-to-drug interactions and get equipped to answer patients’ questions about safety and risk information.

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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Gail Groves Scott, MPH
Manager, Substance Use Disorders Institute


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