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Want to learn more about substance use disorders? Free online diploma now available

Posted July 5, 2017
Updated Aug. 8, 2017

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has just released a new learning module to assist health care professionals interested in learning more about providing care to patients with alcohol, tobacco, and opioid substance use disorders. 

This learning module was developed for all health care professionals, including nurses, who are looking to learn more about caring for patients with substance use disorders.


The Online Addiction Medicine Diploma is free, and will take approximately 16 hours to complete. The 17 learning modules can be completed at your own pace, individually, or together as part of the diploma. Upon completion you will receive an accreditation through the University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development. 

The modules are led by expert clinicians, educators, and researchers from across the province and the topics covered include:

  • Screening, Diagnosis, and Brief Intervention for Substance Use Disorder
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Withdrawal Syndromes
  • Stimulant Use Disorder
  • And others…

Visit the BCCSU website to register

Opioid agonist treatment (OAT) prescribing

For nurse practitioners who plan to prescribe OAT, BCCSU has released a prescriber-specific module module, Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program. Standards, limits and conditions for OAT prescribing have been approved but are not yet in effect.

NPs are welcome to complete the online coursework and preceptorship in advance of the standards coming into effect. Contact BCCSU or CRNBC if you have questions.

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