Certificate of Professional Studies or Minor in Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies: Professional Certificate or Minor

How can I use this?

Albright College’s program allows adults to complete a professional certificate in addiction studies for career advancement or, if enrolled in our bachelors’ programs, a minor in addiction studies to pair with your major.

How many courses do I need to take? How long does this take?

The addiction studies certificate or minor is 5 courses (units) in duration. Each class lasts 7.5 weeks.

Can I take these courses online?

Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous format. You may also take the program face-to-face, if that is your preference, once COVID-19 restrictions pass.

How much does the program cost?

The price per course (unit) is $1500. This cost is inclusive; there are no additional fees. Books will be a separate cost.

When can I start?

There are multiple opportunities throughout the year to begin certificate/minor programs in the School of Professional Studies: Fall 1 and 2, Spring 1 and 2, and Summer 1.


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What should I know about the addiction studies certificate program or minor?

Embedded Industry Certification — Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

The courses have been designed and approved to fulfill the educational requirements to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor (CADC)* or associate addiction counselor (AAC)** by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Students working toward a bachelor’s degree are eligible to include the addiction courses as part of their financial aid package. Completion of this certificate program does not equate to certification.* The Addiction minor or certificate at Albright College represents 300 hours of instruction in the field of Addictions that is offered over five courses, with each course counting as four college credits.

* Additional requirements exist to obtain the CADC certification, including employment and supervision as a drug and alcohol counselor, a bachelor’s degree and successfully passing the IC&RC Examination for drug and alcohol counselors. Albright College is providing the 300 hours of educational training, relevant to the field of addictions as part of the requirements to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Please review the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s website to review all requirements to be a CADC, including prior felony conviction or disciplinary actions.

** Additional requirements exist to obtain the AAC certification, including employment and supervision as a drug and alcohol counselor, and successfully passing the IC&RC Examination for drug and alcohol counselors. Albright College is providing the educational training relevant to the field of addictions as part of the requirements to be an Associate Addiction Counselor. Please review the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s website to review all requirements to be a CADC, including prior felony conviction or disciplinary actions.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The learning objectives for the minor in addictions studies align with the following student learning objectives from the American Psychological Association:
    Theory and Content of Psychology — Students will demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology — Students will comprehend and have the ability to implement basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — Students will gain appreciation for and engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, employ the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology — Students will know and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues through community service experiences and student internships.
  5. Values in Psychology — Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. (APA Guideline, Goal 5)
  6. Information and Technological Literacy — (A) Students will exhibit competence in information science assessed according to the ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards and (B) have the ability to utilize computers and relevant software programs necessary to function in an entry level professional position or in a graduate school program.
  7. Communication Skills — Students will demonstrate competence in effective interpersonal communication including written, verbal, and non-verbal forms. They will recognize, respect, and adjust to other people’s ways of communicating, learning, and doing things.
  8. Sociocultural and International Awareness — Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity, realizing it is impossible to fully understand a person without understanding her or his culture, ethnic identity, gender identity and other important sociocultural factors.
  9. Personal Development — Students will develop insight into the behaviors and mental processes of themselves and others and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  10. Career Planning and Development — Students will emerge from this program with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.