Course Format

Content: 8 modules, each with 2 hours didactic content and 1 hour live interaction with case-based studies and discussion

  • Pharmacology/cognosy of cannabis & endocannabinoids - Dr. David Kroll
  • Formulation, dosing, pharmacokinetics, impairment - Dr. Kari Franson
  • Epilepsy & movement disorders - Dr. Jacci Bainbridge and Dr. Sarah Fischer
  • Sleep & migraine - Dr. Jacci Bainbridge and Dr. Sarah Fischer
  • Mental health - Dr. Brandon Utter
  • Oncology & cancer- and non-cancer pain management - Dr. Ashley Glode
  • Vulnerable populations (adolescents, pregnancy and lactation, elderly), patient safety (e.g., unintentional exposures), and patient counseling - Dr. Sam Wang and Dr. Laura Borgelt
  • Legal & regulatory - Dr. Gina Moore​​

Features of this Program

Certificate program - taught by international experts in the field.

20 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists, nurses, and physicians. Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Online - watch weekly videos and complete exercises at your convenience.

Intensive – the 8-week program thoroughly covers medical cannabis, yet keeps the needs of the busy professional in mind. No travel required.

Interactive – weekly online discussions and live video chats allow you to share ideas with other program participants and interact with the program instructors. The program coordinator will be accessible to you throughout the 8-week program and you will receive weekly feedback on your work.​

Learning Objectives

Program Outcomes, each participant will:

  • Interpret the appropriate use of medical cannabis for a variety of conditions and patient populations.
  • Describe the role of the endocannabinoid system and the mechanism of action of medical cannabis.
  • Compare and contrast cannabis formulations, dosing strategies, and potential short-term and long-term effects.
  • Evaluate the evidence for the use of cannabis in movement disorders and epilepsy.
  • Discuss the role of cannabis in the management of sleep and headache disorders.
  • Interpret the data for use of cannabis and mental health outcomes.
  • Analyze the literature regarding the effects of medical cannabis in oncology and cancer and non-cancer pain.
  • Examine the effects of medical cannabis in adolescence, pregnancy, lactation and advanced age.
  • Discuss important patient safety issues and appropriate patient counseling regarding cannabis use.
  • Compare and contrast federal and state regulations of cannabis medicines.


The cost of the program $795. Discount available for early-bird signup, CU faculty, preceptors, and alumni, and UCHealth clinicians.


Pharmacy: The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity provides 20.0 contact hours of practice-based continuing pharmacy education (16.0 hours home-study, 4.0 hours live). UAN: 0008-9999-20-110-B01-P, release 04/15/2020, expiry 04/15/2023).

Nursing: The University of Colorado College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational offering for 20.0 nursing contact hours (9.5 pharmacology contact hours for APRNs) is provided by the University of Colorado College of Nursing Office of Continuing Education.

Medicine: This Blended Learning activity, Medical Cannabis Education for Health Care Providers, has been reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and has a term of 04/15/2020 - 04/15/2021. This activity is acceptable for up to 20.00 Prescribed credit(s); the total amount of credit consists of 16.00 Enduring Prescribed credits and 4.00 Live Prescribed credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


Program Description
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Excellent Reviews:

  • "This course was one of the best I've taken in many years. Thanks for offering it.”
  • “This program is excellent. I rarely say that about programs but this program deserves that rating. A must for anyone in clinical practice who graduated before pharmacogenomics was part of their…curriculum.”
  • “Very useful course material that will have great impact on all those who go on to translate this in the clinic in any capacity - as nurses, pharmacists or physicians.”

Online program offered by The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing

This practice-based, interactive program provides pharmacists and other health care providers with an understanding of how genetic factors influence drug disposition, response, and adverse effects. Knowledge gained from this program will enhance participants’ ability to apply genetic information to clinical practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals of pharmacogenomics;
  • Impact of pharmacogenomics on drug clinical pharmacology;
  • Interpretation of pharmacogenomic test results;
  • Interpretation of pharmacogenomic literature and use of evidence-based guidelines;
  • Case-based scenarios of clinically-actionable pharmacogenomic examples in the areas of drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions, pain, neurology, psychiatry, cardiology, and oncology;
  • Patient and provider education on pharmacogenomics;
  • Clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics in different healthcare settings

Discount available for CU faculty, preceptors, and alumni, and UC Health clinicians. Contact for more information.


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