Program DescriptionThe Loma Linda University Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate Program is a 100% online, post-baccalaureate program designed to further masters'-level behavioral health professionals' practical knowledge in addressing the needs of substance abusing individuals and their families. The certificate specifically targets individuals pursuing licensure or licensed as a mental health professional. The certificate opens the possibility for additional national credentials. Thirteen quarter units (nine academic units plus four practicum units) are taken over four quarters. Most courses are offered in asynchronous formats, which is especially convenient for working adults (Practicums are synchronous courses). Students complete 200 hours of supervised field experience in an acceptable treatment setting. Applications are accepted throughout the year for starts in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.
Program LengthOne year (12 months) or four quarters
Possible CareersGraduates may find employment as addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment settings. With the appropriate licensure, qualified individuals may work in private practice settings.
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Winter of 2020||Sep 1, 2019||Oct 15, 2019||Nov 15, 2019|
|Spring of 2020||Sep 1, 2019||Jan 1, 2020||Feb 15, 2020|
|Summer of 2020||Sep 1, 2019||Mar 1, 2020||Apr 30, 2020|
|Autumn of 2020||Sep 1, 2019||Dec 1, 2019||Apr 30, 2020|
A University application (including students currently enrolled in another program at Loma Linda University). Must meet all requirements for application prior to admission into the certificate program.
An essay (part of University application) describing how applicant will integrate drug and alcohol counseling certificate into work as a behavioral health professional as well as contributions applicant anticipates making to the substance use treatment field.
An interview, conducted either face-to-face or online via Zoom, with the program director.