Substance Use Disorder Certificate Program: Identification and Referral

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate Program is an innovative program designed to assist health care professionals in identifying substance use issues, conducting an assessment, and making referrals. The program is comprised of online home study modules and in-person live components. The online home study module and the live programming sessions total 17 credit hours of educational content. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the program. Completion includes Part I and Part II as well as the post assessment:

  • Self-study activities (10 hours)
  • Live Interactive seminar (7 hours)
  • Post-seminar assessment

This program may be applied towards the two hours of CE on opioid, pain management and addiction. Part I is the prerequisite for Part II and must be completed prior to attending Part II.

Co-developed with the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association with the help of a grant from the Amerisource Bergen Foundation


Part I

Self-Study, 10 Hours CE

For registration and complete continuing education information, please click the link below: 

Advance Online Home Study

Please scroll to the "Click here to Register" button on the PPA website to access the free self-study material

Part II

Health Care Professionals: $59
Students: $10

Live Interactive Zoom Seminar, 7 Hours Live CE

For registration and complete continuing education information, please select a live-programming date below:

Upcoming Training Dates:

Registration is managed by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

Friday, March 19, 2021 (6:00–9:00 PM)
Continued On
Saturday, March 20, 2021 (9:00 AM–1:00 PM)

For Health Care Professionals:

Register Now!

For Students:

Register Now – Students Only!

*This is a two-part certificate program. You must complete Part I (advance online study) prior to attending Part II (live Zoom session).


Janet Astle, B.S. Pharm., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Services

Holly Lassila, B.S. Pharm., Dr.P.H., M.S.Ed., LPC
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Jane Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Robert Maher, Jr., B.S. Pharm., Pharm.D., BCGP
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Vincent Giannetti, M.A., M.S., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacy Administration, Retired

Roshni Emmons, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Jefferson College of Pharmacy

Suzanne Higginbotham, B.S. Pharm., Pharm.D., BCACP
Former Director of the Center for Pharmacy Care, Residency Programs and Continuing Pharmacy Education

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The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education