Human Services & Substance Abuse Studies Certificate
This certificate offers students an opportunity to learn about substance abuse and professional human services practice. The certificate has been designed to enhance the professional knowledge base of individuals who have obtained or who desire to obtain entry-level employment in human services settings, particularly those serving individuals affected by substance abuse issues.
The certificate’s course work can be of particular value to:
1. Workers already employed in the human services field who desire to increase their knowledge of substance abuse and professional human services practice.
2. Individuals seeking to obtain or renew credentials as a substance abuse professional through the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB); consult the NCSAPPB website for credentialing requirements.
3. Students who are currently completing or who have previously completed the requirements of the College’s associate’s degree in Human Services Technology who desire to expand their knowledge of substance abuse as a component of wider human services practice.
Student interested in completing the certificate have the following options:
1. Since the certificate’s course work can be counted toward the course requirements for the College’s associate’s degree in Human Services Technology, students can graduate with both the certificate and the associate’s degree at the same time.
2. Students can earn the certificate and then complete the requirements of the associate’s degree at a later time.
3. The certificate can be pursued separately from other credentials offered by the College, including its associate’s degree in Human Services Technology.
4. To earn the certificate 100% online, students take SAB 110, SAB 140, SAB 210, DDT 110, PSY 281*, and SWK 110.
- General college admission requirements.
- At least 50% of the credit hours required for the certificate must be completed at the College.
- Students must earn at least a "C" grade in all required course work.
- Acceptable results on medical examinations, criminal background checks, drug & alcohol screens, and immunization records as these are required by specific service learning/ volunteer sites.
- Compliance with the expectations and standards outlined in the Human Service Technology student handbook.
- Students pursuing the certificate should be aware that employers in the human services field (substance abuse and otherwise) can require prospective volunteers, interns, and employees to pass criminal background, drug screen, and citizenship verification checks before they will be allowed to work at an organization.
*PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology has a pre-requisite requirement of PSY 150 General Psychology and HSE 220 Case Management has a pre-requisite requirement of HSE 110 Introduction to Human Services.