×UPDATE: The Online Addiction Medicine Diploma Program has been redesigned and updated to bring you a more interactive and seamless learning experience. The new program is called the Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate and has formally launched in partnership with UBC Continuing Professional Development and the UBC School of Nursing effective February 13, 2019. You will no longer be able to register for the old diploma program, though learners part way through may finish this version by April 1, 2019 to gain CME credits and the certificate. If you have not yet registered, please register using the button below to begin.


The Online Addiction Medicine Diploma (now called the Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate) is a free online certificate course targeted at health care professionals interested in learning more about providing care to patients with various substance use disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, cannabis, and opioids. This program was supported by an investment by the Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health.

For additional information please email us at bccsu_education@bccsu.ubc.ca.

By participating in this comprehensive online program, learners will build competence in substance use care and addiction medicine by:
  • Incorporating screening, diagnosis, and brief intervention and referral to treatment for substance use disorders in clinical practice
  • Selecting the appropriate pharmacological and psychosocial treatment interventions based on the best evidence as well as individual patient needs, circumstances, and preferences
  • Providing safe and effective treatment to patients and their families throughout the induction, maintenance, and/or discontinuation process across the continuum of care for substance use disorders
  • Setting treatment goals, monitoring and evaluating progress, and providing patient-centered support across the continuum of care for substance use disorders
  • Appreciating the complexity of substance use disorders, diversity of care, and providing informed referrals to evidence-based support services
  • Promoting recovery, safety, wellness, and harm reduction to improve patient care and support for those with substance use disorders
  • Implementing strategies for safer prescribing practices for medications with abuse/diversion potential (i.e. opioids for analgesia, benzodiazepines)
  • Introduction to Addiction Medicine
  • Screening, Diagnosis, and Brief Intervention for Substance Use Disorder
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Withdrawal Syndromes
  • Stimulant Use Disorder
  • Polysubstance Use
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Pain and Substance Use Disorders
  • Common Medical Complications
  • Safe Prescribing
  • Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Addiction in the Workplace
  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 16.0 Mainpro+ credits. This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program eligible for up to 16.0 MOC Section 3 credits (16.0 credit hours) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Remember to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record your learning and outcomes (credits are automatically tripled). Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

FAQs Online Addiction Medicine Diploma Program

No. The target audience for this course is ALL health providers, but anyone interested is encouraged to register for this course.
Yes. The new Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate has nursing specific content designed in partnership with the UBC School of Nursing

The modules perform best on Firefox or Chrome.

This course will take approximately 16 hours to complete. There are 17 modules with knowledge testing questions throughout. It is self-paced, so users can design a study schedule that works best for them.
Anyone can register and complete as many modules as they wish. However, those looking to obtain the formal diploma and/or a CME certificate need to complete all of the modules. Please note: you will need a score of 70% or higher on the knowledge testing questions to pass each module.
Yes. Printable versions of the slides can be found within each of the module headers as a printable PDF.

Copyright © 2016, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use

400-1045 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2A9

E: inquiries@bccsu.ubc.ca | T: (778) 945-7616 | F: (604) 428-5183

Online Addiction Medicine Diploma: bccsu_education@bccsu.ubc.ca.