Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: Medical Cannabis Certificate

by | Jul 26, 2019 | 0 comments

“Growing medical cannabis usage prompts the need for more comprehensive cannabis education.”

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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), a leader in integrative healthcare education, is now offering the first accredited, college-level Medical Cannabis Certificate for Healthcare Professionals, which is based on the guidelines put forth by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in order to bring academic rigor and accountability to medical cannabis education.

Classes will begin on September 3rd, 2019; registration is now open. The first term is comprised of three courses.

Each course is seven weeks long, and certificate completion can be achieved in as little as six months.

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The medical cannabis course is designed to produce healthcare professionals who can educate and coach patients on:

  • The therapeutic benefits of the medicine
  • The potentially adverse effects of drug interactions
  • Dosing and self-titration approaches
  • The safe and effective use of cannabis while promoting overall health and well-being through the upregulation of the human endocannabinoid system

Course Overview

With the lack of cannabis education available to healthcare professionals, the growing need for this type of training has become increasingly apparent. “The need for this education is vast. There is little information about dosages, and we need to educate people in a balanced way,” PCOM Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Youngren says. “The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has been at the center of alternative medicine for the last 30 years and is deeply invested in providing this education.”

In recent years, the U.S. has seen a revolution in the widespread acceptance of cannabis usage, with 61 percent of Americans supporting the legalization of it. With this support, eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for recreational purposes, and 33 states — plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico — have legalized it for medical purposes.

Despite this increased acceptance, there is a lack of cannabis education and research to guide medical professionals on cannabis usage in the healthcare industry. With the enhanced knowledge and skill sets that this education can offer, healthcare professionals will be better equipped to more safely and effectively prescribe cannabis to help with pain management, a primary driver in the opioid epidemic that the U.S. is currently facing. “With cannabis, you have something that may help that is far less addictive,” Youngren says. “Early research is positive that opioid overdose death may fall as cannabis is rolled out on a statewide level.”

The first full term for the certificate is comprised of three total courses (8 credits total). Each course is seven weeks long, and certificate completion can be achieved in as little as six months.

About Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine was founded in 1986 in San Diego to offer licensure-qualifying programs in Chinese medicine and massage therapy. The private college established branches in New York City in 1993 and Chicago in 2000. PCOM holds the highest form of accreditation by the Western Association of School and Colleges and is viewed as a leader in Chinese medicine and holistic care, with the largest school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the United States.

It has a unique position in the complementary and integrative medicine market. Since its founding, it has expanded its programs to include doctorates in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a holistic nursing certificate, a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance, and the first college-level medical cannabis certificate in the nation. 

PCOM offers on-site education to 1,500 students and online education to another 1,000. In addition, the college runs the largest complementary medicine conferences in the United States, Pacific Symposium, which draws over 1,000 online and on-site attendees each year.

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