Online Continuing Education Advanced Certificate Program for 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 an advanced 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.

Continuing Education Accreditations

Nursing: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) VIEW COURSES

Pharmacy: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) VIEW COURSES

Physician: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) VIEW COURSES

Other CE Areas: AMA PRA Category 1™ (ACCME) which will service all other healthcare clinical and layperson CE hours VIEW COURSES

How to Sign-Up for the Certificate Program

During registration you will be prompted to state whether you are pursuing the Certificate Program, select "yes". You will receive instructions via email. If you have any questions, be sure to reac the FAQ below or contact us at training@overdoselifeline.org.

Major Public Health Crisis

Addiction / Substance use disorders (SUDs) are a major public health concern in the United States. Nearly 20 million Americans 12 years of age or older have SUD, with 2.5 million Americans having a SUD involving either prescription opioids or heroin.

Community-Wide Effort Required

"No single organization or person can address the multitude of services needed to help people affected by mental health or substance use conditions… the best sources are the people who live, serve, and work in the community and the best results are often seen when they undertake such action together." — SAMHSA, One Voice, One Community

Cross-Sector Community Collaboration

The Overdose Lifeline certificate program assist laypersons and clinicians in building knowledge and competency in the underserved area - substance use disorder / opioid health crisis. Allowing individuals across community sectors to work together more efficiently and effectively in prevention efforts and to better serve those affected.
Major Public Health Crisis

Earn 20 Continuing Education Hours

  • 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 Your Knowledge" activities to assist in preparing for the course final exam.

Four courses (9.5 CE credits) available today — with remaining courses due in early 2020.


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


Understanding Harm Reduction for Substance Use Disorder (HR) — 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (Coming Soon)


Substance Use Disorder Screening, Assessment, Treatment and Recovery (SUD-TR) — 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Coming Soon)


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


Trauma and Co-occurring Disorders in Substance Use Disorders (TCOD-SUD) — 2.5 Continuing Education Credits (Coming Soon)


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


Layperson Naloxone Administration (LPN) — 1.5 Continuing Education Credits



What People Are Saying About the Online Courses

  • “I have never thought of shopping, materialistic items as a comparison to fill a void to make one feel better. Excellent comparison to bridge that gap and find commonality."

    "This helped me understand what I can personally do to help my family and others and that the solutions work when all are used, and everyone works together."

    "I developed a better understanding of how illicit drugs affect the brain and why it is so difficult to actually recover."

  • "In the past when I thought about stigma and addiction, I typically thought about how another person (family member, neighbor) stigmatize someone with this disease. I now have a better understanding of how stigma from other areas of ones' life (medical communities, law enforcement, etc.) affects someone with this disease."

    "This course allowed me to truly understand the science behind the disease, which allowed me to really grasp addiction in terms of a disease rather than a moral failing."

  • "As a public health educator, this course gave me a fantastic overall view of addiction, the opioid crisis (both historically and currently), and how to help."

    "I now have a better understanding of efforts the community and I personally can take to help with the opioid and overdose epidemic."

    "I have developed a basic understanding of addiction and will be able to articulate this information to classes of middle school students and college students, in the near future. I also have a greater understanding of terminology used to describe patterns of addition."

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 eight (8) courses, which may be taken in any order.

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

    20 hours.

  • How do I sign-up for the Certificate Program?

    At registration you will be prompted to state whether you are pursuing the Certificate Program. Select "yes".

  • 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 an entire program. Others simply take courses they find interesting without ever intending to earn a certificate.

  • 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.Support

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