Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist Certificate

Medical cannabis is a quickly growing industry, and trained experts are critical to the safe and responsible use of cannabis for medical patients. Oakton wants to help you break into this expanding industry with a Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist certificate. This certificate will prepare you to work in a licensed cannabis dispensary, where you will provide cannabis patients with education and assist with dispensary operations in alignment with state and federal laws. Our program will give you the skills to interact with and educate cannabis clients in a regulated environment, as well as the foundational knowledge to pursue additional careers in the cannabis industry.

This certificate program is the first college-credit career certificate for the fast-growing medical cannabis industry to be offered by a community college. The program provides training for entry-level employment in the medical cannabis health field, as well as continued professional development and training for current dispensary professionals who require continuing education.

Students seeking employment in cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers must be 21 years or older and comply with regulations regarding a criminal background check. Dispensary employees will need to meet the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) requirements to acquire an Agent Card. This certificate can be completed in one semester.

Certificate Program

Our 12-credit-hour Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist certificate can be completed in one semester. View the certificate pathway and explore what you'll be learning in your course

The cannabis dispensary and patient care specialist provides cannabis patient education and assists with dispensary operations in alignment with state and federal laws that regulate cannabis distribution to clients. The Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist Certificate prepares students to work in a licensed cannabis dispensary.

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Explore Related Programs

Oakton offers a number of other cannabis-related certificates and training programs. We have also entered into an articulation agreement with Northern Michigan University to help you transition seamlessly into its Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Plant Chemistry.

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Pamela Althoff
Executive Director
Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois

Andrew Bell
Oakton Community College Student

Tim Cash
Co-founder
Orgo Labs

Paul Chialdikas
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Bedford Grow

Steve Fix
Patient Care Specialist
GreenGate Chicago

Katie Leander
Manager, Social Equity and Community Impact
Pharmacann

Rosie Naumovski
Owner
Thrive Dispensaries

Claire O’Hearn
Natures Grace and Wellness

Tim O’Hearn
Natures Grace and Wellness

Mike Richards
Sales Channel Manager
Pharmacannis

Jason Saltzman

Don Williams

May Alimboyoguen
Assistant Dean, Health Careers
Oakton Community College

Marc Battista
Associate Vice President of Workforce Education/ Dean of Business & Career Technologies
Oakton Community College

Tracy Fulce
Chair, Professor Management & Marketing
Oakton Community College

Johanna Garsenstein
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Ileo Lott
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Oakton Community College

Sarah Mann
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Melissa Mendoza
Professor, PTA
Oakton Community College

April Reed
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Polina Robinson
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Nicholas Salamie
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Bob Sompolski
Dean of STEM and Health Careers
Oakton Community College

Taylor Stevens
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Cheryl Thayer
Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty President
Oakton Community College

Patrick Chase Williams
Adjunct Faculty
Oakton Community College

Ruth Williams
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Oakton Community College

Stephen Fix, Chair
Assistant Professor of Cannabis Studies
B.A. Psychology University of Chicago
Ph.D. Linguistics, Northwestern University
sfix@oakton.edu
847.635.1926
Office: 2842, Des Plaines

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Stephen Fix
Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist program chair
sfix@oakton.edu

Student Recruitment and Outreach
847.635.1835
admission@oakton.edu