Applying to the chemical dependency professional program

Chemical Dependency Professional - degree and certificate
Chemical Dependency Professional - Alternative Training

Chemical Dependency Professional - degree and certificate

Admission to the chemical dependency professional certificate* and associate in science degree* programs is by special application. Selection will prioritize applicants who are intending to complete at least 75% of core requirements within three years of admittance into the the chemical dependency professional certificate or degree at Whatcom Community College. Complete applications will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis. The sooner a complete application is submitted, the more likely the applicant will be accepted into the program. There are 25 total spots available for the certificate and degree program.

Fall 2018: The priority application deadline for the program starting fall 2018 is 5 pm on April 27, 2018.

You must complete the following steps by the program application deadline to be considered for program acceptance:

Step 1 - Apply to Whatcom Community College

Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification number (SID) in order to apply to the chemical dependency professional program and pay related fees. You must be at least 18 years old by the start of chemical dependency professional program classes to be accepted into the chemical dependency professional program.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at, by phone (360) 383-3001, or in person at the entry/advising office, LDC 116. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.

Step 2 - Find your math and English starting point

Find your best starting point for English and math classes. Call or contact an advisor for input and help with this process at 360.383.3080 or Note that Whatcom accepts placement decisions from other colleges in Washington.

Step 3 - Meet with an advisor and attend an information session

Entry & Advising
Laidlaw Center 116
p 360.383.3080 | f 360.383.3081

STEP 4 - Obtain and complete Chemical Dependency Professional selective entry application forms

Download the Application for Selective Entry: Chemical Dependency Professional or, contact, or by phone at 360 383-3030.

STEP 5 - Pay application fee

Students must pay the application fee ($25) and Washington State Patrol background check fee ($12) on or before the application deadline.

STEP 6 - Submit the chemical dependency professional application form and supporting materials by the application deadline

Submit the completed Chemical Dependency Professional application form and all required supporting documentation in one complete packet. 

Background check information

Practicum placements, employment, and state certificate require a background check. WCC will conduct a Washington State Patrol background check on chemical dependency professional applicants. Results of the background check will be given to the behavioral health program coordinator. Students with criminal history may be required to meet with the program coordinator to discuss eligibility for state certification and practicum placement.

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Chemical Dependency Professional - Alternative Training

Whatcom Community College is not currently accepting applications to the chemical dependency professional - alternative training program. WCC intends to offer a cohort starting fall 2018. Applications will be posted early summer quarter. Check back for program application materials and deadline. For more information, contact Michelle Heitmann.

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