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Addictions Certificate

Annette Clark, Program Director
Allied Health 239

The Certificate in Addictions provides students with knowledge that is essential for the field of addictions. When combined with other requirements of the Maryland State Addictions Licensing Board, these courses will also meet the required addictions specific courses for the Maryland Addictions Counselor Certification. The Certificate in Addictions is intended primarily for students enrolled in Allegany College of Maryland's Human Service Associate degree program or another Maryland State-approved addictions preparation degree. Students interested in a career in addictions counseling should refer to the Human Service Associate Degree program for a description of this curriculum or consult with the Advising Center for other options. However, while the Certificate courses are open to anyone who would like to enhance their resume or career portfolio or to individuals with an interest in addictions, the Certificate courses alone will not enable an individual to sit for the associate level Maryland State Addictions Counselor Certification Exam. Twenty-four credits (eight courses) are required to complete the certificate. The following courses must be passed with a "C" or better: Psychology 101, 286, 287, 289, and 205; Sociology 203, and Integrative Health 101.

Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a Certificate in Addictions.

Required Psychology Courses

General Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Drugs and Human Behavior
Addictions Treatment Delivery
Ethics for the Addiction Counselor

Required General Courses

Human Biology
Mind/Body Skills for Health and Healing
Social Problems

Required Elective Courses

Please consult with your advisor or the Advising Center staff for selecting appropriate elective courses for graduation.


Restricted Elective - 2 credits



Psychology 101 (General Psychology) 3
Psychology 289 (Ethics for the Addiction Counselor) 3
Restricted Elective 1 2
Total: 8
Psychology 205 (Introduction to Abnormal Psychology) 3
Psychology 286 (Drugs and Human Behavior) 3
Sociology 203 (Social Problems) 3
Total: 9
Biological Science 116 (Human Biology) 3
Integrative Health 101 (Mind/Body Skills for Health and Healing) 1
Psychology 287 (Addictions Treatment Delivery) 3
Total: 7
Total Credit Hours: 24


Students may take Physical Education 122, 123, 126, 127, 145, and 153, or Human Service 297.

NOTE: All courses specifically identified by course number are graduation requirements for this program.