Addictions Certificate

The Addictions Certificate in designed for students who have previously earned college degrees in other disciplines who may be contemplating a change of career or career focus, or for those working toward their CAC which is awarded by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).* This program is designed with enough flexibility to meet the needs of beginning students as well as those with more experience in the substance abuse field.

Career Pathway

Program Outcomes

These are identical to the Human Services Certificate with an emphasis placed on understanding drug/alcohol abuse and addictions, treatment and preventions programs, and issues associated with working with these populations.


    First Semester

    HSW 101 Intro to Human Services and Helping Profession 3
    PSY 217 Drugs—Their Use and Abuse 3
    ENG 101 English Composition I 3
    SOC 105 Social Policy and Ethics in Human Services 3
    HSW 102 or 202 Theories of Counseling 3
    HSW 210 Professional Development in Human Services 3

    (18 Credit Hours)

    Second Semester

    HSW 203 Assessment and Documentation in Human Services 3
    HSW 205 Volunteer Administration 3
    HSW 219 The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Process 3
    HSW 220 Introduction to Adjunctive Therapies 3
    HSW 211 Human Services Practicum 6

    (18 Credit Hours)


    Note: Students may have to take placement tests prior to enrolling in some of courses above. Please see College Catalog for placement testing guidelines.

    The Human Services Program is transferrable to a number of area colleges. Substitutions must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

    * The Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) certifies both addiction counselors and prevention specialists. Course work from the program may fulfill a portion of those PCB requirements. The PCB requires Certified Addictions Counselors to complete additional hours of continuing education and training for recertification. Selected courses from this HSW program may be used for part of this requirement. For further information regarding education requirements for recertification, contact PCB at 717-540-4455.

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