Whatcom Community College has been approved by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) as an Approved Education Provider to provide the Alternative Training Program for educational credits.
Chemical Dependency Professional - certification
Whatcom Community College is offering a 15-credit (three quarters) online program to meet educational requirements for Alternative Training (WAC 246-811) for Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certification. This training will enable advanced professionals* to earn the educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Certification with Alternative Training (WAC 246-811).
The proposed rules for the Alternative Training require the successful completion of 15 college credits in courses from an approved school. This program includes only the educational portions required for CDP.
*The following fully licensed professionals are eligible for Alternative Training (WAC 246-811):
- Advanced registered nurse practitioners under chapter 18.79 RCW
- Licensed marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, advanced social workers, or independent clinical social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW
- Psychologists under chapter 18.83 RCW
- Osteopath physicians under chapter 18.57 RCW
- Osteopathic physician assistants under chapter 18.57A RCW
- Physicians under chapter 18.71 RCW
- Physician assistants under chapter 18.71A RCW
Space is currently limited to just two cohorts of 30 professionals each.
When should I start applying to universities?Four-year schools have varying admission deadlines. Please refer to university websites for specific deadlines and application requirements.
Can I transfer to an out-of-state college?
Yes. Many schools outside of Washington State accept our transfer degrees. We suggest contacting your prospective university early to learn how your WCC credits may be accepted.
How can I get help with my university admissions essay?
Attend a WWU Personal Statement Writing Workshop! Even if you’re not applying to WWU, this workshop will give you lots of great tips that you can use in any admissions essay. These events are usually offered during fall and winter quarters-check the college events calendar for more info. The WCC Writing Center (CAS 112) is a also great place to get help with your admissions essay. Writing Center staff can help you with all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to editing.
Should I pick a major before transferring to a university?
YES! Selecting and preparing for a major while you’re at WCC can help to strengthen your university admissions application. It will also help you maximize your time and your money at the community college and university. Some majors (especially sciences, engineering and business) have prerequisite courses that you can and should be taking while at community college.
What transfer degree is right for me?
The transfer degree you pick will likely depend on what type of major you’re preparing for. For example, if you’re interested in studying business, we suggest the Associate in Business MRP/DTA. For a science/engineering track, check out the Associate in Science Transfer degree. The Associate in Arts & Sciences-DTA can be customized for a variety of majors including humanities, social sciences, and education. We recommend meeting with an advisor to help you select the degree that best fits your educational and career goals.
How do I order official WCC transcripts?Utilize our online or in-person transcript request process. http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/student-services/registration-student-records/transcript-requests
I’m not sure what I want to major in; how can I get help?Check out the “How to pick a major” link to the right. Consider taking Psych 105 (career search class), Co-op 180 (preparing for work experience), utilize the resources in the Career & Transfer Center (LDC 116), or make an appointment with the transfer advisor (360-383-3080).