Online Continuing Education 20-Credit Certificate Program for Healthcare Clinicians and Laypersons

In partnership with Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education, Overdose Lifeline has developed healthcare clinician and layperson continuing education courses and a 20-hour certificate program on Addiction / Substance Use Disorder with an Opioid Specialization.

The program will assist healthcare clinicians in building knowledge and competency in the underserved area - substance use disorder / opioid crisis. As well, the program is for layperson and professionals from other disciplines who have a role in addressing the opioid crisis or who want to learn more about substance use disorder.

ACPE Pharmacy Accreditation Statement


The Overdose Lifeline online courses provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) CE credits through Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education. 

Purdue University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Overdose Lifeline courses are a knowledge based, continuing education activity of Purdue University, an equal access/equal opportunity institution.

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Earn 20 Continuing Education Credits

  • Enhance your professional knowledge and skill level and competitiveness in the job market

  • Obtain the continuing education hours required for licensed professionals

  • Certificates and Continuing Education credit are available upon completion

About the Certificate Program Course Track

The Advanced Certificate Program is designed for people with demanding schedules. 

Courses may be taken in any order. On your own schedule — at your own pace.

You will complete eight online courses with activities and discussions to build your knowledge and skill sets. Each course includes "Check My Knowledge" activities to assist in preparing for the course final exam.

Certificate Program Course Track

The Brain and Disease of Addiction (BDA) — 2.0 Continuing Education Credits

Removing the Shame and Stigma of Substance Use Disorder / Addiction (RSS-SUD) — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits

Guide to Harm Reduction — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits 

Guide to Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (SUD-TR) — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits 

Medication Assisted Treatment: Understanding the Role of Medication Assisted Treatment in Recovery (MAT) — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits

ACEs and Trauma's Role in Substance Use Disorder (ATR-SUD)  — 1.5 Continuing Education Credits

The Opioid Public Health Crisis (OPHC) — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits

Layperson Naloxone Administration (LPN) — 1.5 Continuing Education Credits

PLUS: Certificate Practicum Assignment

How to Sign-Up for the Certificate Program

New to the Overdose Lifeline Learning or Haven't Taken an Online Course is Over a Year?

If you have not yet taken any online course -- or it's been over a year since you completed a course, simply purchase the 20-Hour Certificate Course Bundle on this webpage, pay online, and begin today.

Already Taken an Online Course(s) in the Past 12 Months?

Email [email protected], or call 844-554-3354, extension 4 and we'll get you enrolled — taking into consideration the courses that you already completed.

Want to Pay by Invoice or Have a Group of Five or More that You Wish to Enroll?

We can help. Email [email protected], or call 844-554-3354, extension 4 and we'll get you started.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

  • What is an Advanced Continuing Education Certificate Program?

    Advanced professional certificates are professional credentials designed to help professionals enhance their job performance and marketability in their respective fields. Completion of a certificate program indicates completion of a course or series of courses with a specific concentration that is different from an educational degree program. The end goal of an advanced professional certificate is so that professionals may demonstrate knowledge of course content at the end of a set period.

  • How many courses make up the certificate program?

    The certificate program includes a practicum assignment and eight (8) online courses, which may be taken in any order. The submission of a practicum assignment completes the certificate track.

  • How many continuing education hours does the certificate program provide?

    20 hours.

  • Do I have to sign up for the certificate program in order to take the courses?

    No. Many people take two or three courses before committing to the entire certificate program. Others simply take courses they find interesting without ever intending to pursue the certificate program.

  • I am not a nurse, pharmacist, or physician. How does AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (ACCME) work for other disciplines / professions?

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™(ACCME) is accepted for many clinical continuing education requirements and many societies and credentialing bodies accept the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as an equivalent as long as the topic is relevant to the applicant’s field or discipline.

    If in question, review information provided from your accrediting organization.

  • What is required to earn CE credits for a course?

    100% course completion. 80% (minimum) passing grade on the final exam. Complete the course ending survey.

  • Have more questions? Visit our Support page.

    Visit the Support webpage for information on how to navigate through the course and other helpful information.

    Or you can email [email protected] or call 844-554-3354, ext. 4.

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