Currently accepting applications for Fall 2023

Fall 2023 application deadlines:

May 1st for international students
June 1st for Canadian students 

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Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals, and the global healthcare system. In order to improve health services for people with chronic pain, evidence-based clinical practice delivered by knowledgeable health care professionals at all levels is necessary.

In this program, the learner will acquire a theoretical knowledge base in the most recent evidence-based neuroscientific and behavioural perspectives of chronic pain, develop advanced practice skills in the evaluation and assessment of chronic pain conditions and learn how to manage common clinical chronic pain conditions with an interdisciplinary perspective and using the biopsychosocial approach.

This certificate is an ongoing collaboration between the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and the Alan Edwards Center for Research in Pain  to consistently provide health care professionals with the latest and most relevant approaches, skills, and technologies in the care and management of chronic pain from basic science to human care.

This certificate program is offered in both French and English.

Who should apply?

This online program is appropriate for professionals from medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacology, physical therapy, psychology and related disciplines. The post-professional program was designed for busy healthcare professionals, providing the freedom to manage their work-life balance.  View student demographics and testimonials to learn more.   

Courses (15 credits)

The certificate program consists of five courses, each providing 3 credits.

The content has been carefully designed to align with five major themes of chronic pain management: the multidimensional nature of chronic pain, assessment, intervention, conditions, and interdisciplinarity. Each of these themes is a pillar to support the learners’ evolving expertise in the management of chronic pain towards improved patient/client care. The program content addresses these themes individually or in parallel. This certificate in chronic pain management aligns with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Interprofessional Pain Curriculum Outline.

The online educators and interdisciplinary learners interact via online forum discussions, video assignments, and other platforms. These all provide the opportunity to compare experiences and problem solve real clinical problems in addition to interacting with the learning material.

The final, elective course, provides the opportunity to build upon and complement the previous course content in a personalized way by pursuing a topic area of interest.

Courses are offered in French and in English, view the list below for details of each course.

Professional Benefits

  • Enhance your knowledge base in the most recent neuroscientific and behavioural perspectives of chronic pain
  • Acquire advanced practice skills in the evaluation and assessment of chronic pain conditions
  • Learn and apply evidence-based multi-modality treatments for diverse client populations
  • Appreciate roles and responsibilities of interdisciplinary team members
  • Develop a network of professionals and leaders in the field of chronic pain management
  • Acquire graduate certificate degree credentials from the top-ranked university in Canada

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Apply this program to your continuing professional development portfolio, contact us for details per profession. 

The completed certificate program courses qualify towards credentialing for the Canadian Academy of Pain Management (CAPM),  visit for more information.

Contact us

Program Student Affairs Coordinator will be pleased to assist you at 514-398-4400 ext 0432 or 

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Please note: McGill University reserves the right to make changes to the certificate, content and services as it deems necessary.