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The three certificates under the Cannabis Studies program prepare students for employment in the cannabis industry. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in key areas identified by industry partners as important for successful employment in the field.
Completers of these programs will be more competitive when seeking employment within Illinois and in states that have legalized medical and/or adult-use cannabis. Positions include but are not limited to patient care specialists, dispensary agents, cultivation agents, growers, trimmers, transportation agents, processing technicians, packagers, production technicians, and warehouse associates.
Course will discuss the basic life cycle of the plant/plant properties, and the natural origins and evolution of cannabis. Course will also include topics related to how cannabis influenced commercial, medical, ritual and religious practices in culture.
The course will discuss current policy parameters, legal responsibilities and ethical issues of the medical cannabis industry.
Course provides a foundation of pharmacology topics related to medical cannabis. Content includes product knowledge, basic physiology, drug interactions and methods of administration.
Course explores illness as a social scientific construct, including exploring the intersection of chronic illness and personal identity. The course provides students a practical look at how Cannabis Patient Care Specialists communicate with (and educate) patients.
Course covers logistic concepts including transportation, inventory, packaging, warehousing, materials handling, order processing, safety protocol and facility location.
Course covers content related to cannabis cultivation center operations including cannabis cultivation, processing, transportation, and disposal, facility requirements related to cannabis cultivation, cannabis plant monitoring systems for tracking seed to sale, state regulations and inspections, and biosecurity measures.
Laboratory course focuses on the anatomical and biological aspects of the cannabis plant. Students will work with the cannabis plant or a substitute plant. Content includes seed to harvest cannabis growth cycle, plant health, agricultural cultivation techniques, state regulations of industry standards, and structural and physiological aspects of cannabis including terpenes, cannabinoids, and the pharmacokinetics of cannabis.