Substance Use Disorder Certificate Program: Identification and Referral

Upcoming Dates

Registration closes one week prior to the program date OR once the program reaches full capacity. Please register and submit payment early to reserve your spot.

Summer/Fall 2022 dates coming after July 1

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate: Identification and Referral 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 live programming 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 (online home study) and Part II (live programming) as well post assessment:

  • Self-study activities (10 hours)
  • Live Interactive seminar (7 hours)
  • Post-seminar assessments and evaluations for Part I and Part II

This program may be applied toward two hours of continuing education on opioids, 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 AmerisourceBergen Foundation.


Part I

Self-Study, 10 Hours CE

Part II

Live Programming, 7 Hours Live CE


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


Advance Online Home Study Followed by Live Virtual Program via Zoom:

  • Pharmacist/Other Health Care Professionals: $285
  • Students: $59

Advance Online Home Study followed by Live In-Person Program at Duquesne University (includes lunch):

  • Pharmacist/Other Health Care Professional: $300
  • Students: $78

More Information

Cancellation Policy

Reservations for the program cannot be held until the registration fee is received. Cancellations received in writing (via email) at least seven days prior to the program will receive a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee if participant did not access Lecture Panda. If the participant accessed Lecture Panda, a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee will be provided. Please contact the program coordinator if you need to cancel your registration. Duquesne University reserves the right to cancel the program at any point in time. In that event, each participant will be notified via email and a full refund will be made.

Communications Policy

All communications will be sent to the email address submitted at the time of registration. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that the email address submitted is correct. If you need to communicate with the Certificate Program coordinator, please communicate using the email address used for registration.

Please note that communications may be delayed during observed University holidays.

Zoom Etiquette Policy

To ensure an environment conducive to effective communication, please follow the Zoom Etiquette guidelines in the link below when participating in any Zoom meeting. If a participant does not adhere to the guidelines listed, they will be asked to leave the meeting and must take the course at a different time. Faculty reserve the right to remove a participant for distracting or inappropriate behavior. If a future offering is not available, the participant understands that a refund will not be available.

View the the University's official Zoom Etiquette Policy here and click on the "Zoom Etiquette" tab.