NOTE: This Certificate Program is under revision. Any new applicants to the Program as of Spring 2017 will be required to complete 18 credit hours of coursework to successfully complete this Post-BA Certificate Program.
The certificate program in Addictions Screening, Assessment, and Referral from the College of Health and Human Services , prepares health, human service, justice, and education professionals to deliver empirically-based services to individuals with substance use/abuse issues within their practice settings. Preparation is accomplished through the completion of academic course work delivered through state-of-the-art distance learning strategies, especially computer-based and web-based technologies.
Illinois residents seeking certification as Assessment/ Referral Specialists through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA) may use the coursework to partially satisfy certification requirements. An optional internship and one year of paid work experience in assessment/ referral are also required prior to state certification. The IAODAPCA office is located at 1305 Wabash Avenue, Suite L, Springfield, Illinois 62704-4938. State certification may be available in other states. It is suggested that applicants review licensure and certification requirements in the states in which they anticipate employment.
Special Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants must:
- submit an application for admission to the certificate program; and
- have a bachelor's degree in a health, human services, justice, or education area with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
Admission to the certificate program is not a guarantee of admission to the M.H.S. program.