Seeds to Needs Cannabis Certificate Program

School of Innovative Learning

Location: Lincoln, Online, Crete

Degree Type: Non-Degree

After the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing commercial hemp, the cannabis industry is projected to become a multi-billion-dollar industry by 2023. Doane University’s Cannabis Studies program is designed for those seeking an in-depth understanding of the cannabis industry and providing the credentials needed to enter this new workforce.

Our non-credit bearing certificate courses are available through the EdX portal. All courses are accessed online. You may audit a partial version of this course for free, however, to access the full course and receive a certification of completion you must pay a fee. Courses are self-paced and available at any time.

  • No prerequisites or prior knowledge needed
  • Students do not need to enroll as a Doane University student
  • Students may enroll for all classes or only those of interest to them
  • After passing all three courses, students receive a program certificate

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Andrea Holmes

Professor, Chemistry

Program Information

Career Paths

DoaneX offers three (3) certificate courses that cover all aspects of the emerging cannabis industry.

Cannabis Cultivation and Processing

Cannabis Compliance, Testing, and Research

General Overview of Cannabis and the Industry's Outlook and Professions


Andrea Holmes

Andrea Holmes






Amanda McKinney

Amanda McKinney

Associate Dean of Health Sciences & Executive Director IHPH




Mark Orsag

Mark Orsag







Blake Colclasure

Blake Colclasure

Assistant Professor


What You Will Learn
  • Cannabis plant and industry history
  • The difference between marijuana and hemp
  • Cannabis breeding, cultivation, and harvesting techniques
  • Post-harvest cannabis processing and extraction methods
  • U.S. regulations, testing, and compliance in farming, processing, and making consumer-facing products in the cannabis industry
  • Professions in the cannabis industry

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The Doane Difference

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Agriscience Laboratories

“AgriScience Labs is Colorado's leading cannabis testing facility to assure public health and protect consumers. AgriScience Labs fully supports the Cannabis Science and Industries certificate program at Doane University because of the increasing demand of a qualified workforce in the cannabis industry due to the recent legalization of hemp. The certificate program provides the necessary foundations and credentials to enter this vastly growing industry.” -Frank Taylor, CEO


Fast Growing Industry

The current cannabis industry is composed of legal cultivators, farmers, processors, producers, consumers, testing labs, researchers, regulation, law and compliance, and ancillary products and services, like marketing, banking, business. This industry is the fastest-growing job sector in the country. The sustained job growth requires a skilled workforce for this rapidly growing industry.

Building with Certificate


“Precision Plant Molecules, a hemp extraction and refinement company in Denver, Colorado, looks for talented professionals who are well versed in cannabis science, have an in depth understanding of hemp processing, and understand the economic and global impacts of the hemp industry as it relates to wellness and health. The Cannabis Science and Industries certificate program covers critical aspects of cultivation, breeding, genetics, processing, and provides the necessary competencies to enter the cannabis industry.” -Dave Hanson, CEO and President

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