Harper College

Cannabis Science and Therapeutics

Advance your career in the expanding cannabis industry with training and certification

  • Earn an industry-respected, college credit certificate after completing six Online ANYTIME courses that are delivered 100% online, with no required face-to-face classes or scheduled virtual class times. (3 semesters)
  • Gain additional experience and build your professional network with an onsite, structured industry internship.
  • Learn about policy, laws and advocacy from experienced faculty that represent various areas of the cannabis industry.
  • Master best practices in cannabis dispensary operations and therapeutics.
  • Expand your career to include cultivation, sales, infusion, and product development.
  • Prepare for a career as a budtender, patient care specialist, cannabis product sales rep or dispensary manager. Salaries range between $30,000 to $80,000+, depending on position and experience.

This 17 credit-hour certificate program consists of lecture presentations, and an internship arranged at local non-profit organizations within the cannabis industry. This certificate is useful for individuals planning to enter the cannabis industry. In addition to history, policy and laws related to cannabis, the certificate presents best practices in cannabis dispensary operations, and cannabis therapeutics. Students will also learn about the importance of advocacy within the cannabis industry.

As an emerging industry, there are many diverse employment opportunities related to cannabis. Cannabis cultivation, sales, infusion, and product development represent a few of the commonly sought-after cannabis careers. WBEZ radio reports that the "workforce needs are immediate, as the state issues more licenses for growing and selling marijuana." Additionally, "the workforce, however, hasn't exactly kep up. Job growth has been steady (up 33% in 2021), but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, by 2025, the legal marijuana industry will support 1.5 million to 1.75 million jobs in the U.S., a more than four-fold increase in the sector's current employment totals."

Earn your cannabis career credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program.


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Kiana Hughes - Cannabis Program Coordinator

Harper to begin Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program

Starting this fall, Harper College’s new cannabis-centered courses and certificate program will train students to work and advance in a booming industry. Read More

Last Updated: 4/8/24