Applying to the substance use disorder professional program

Substance use disorder professional - degree and certificate
Substance use disorder professional - alternative training

Substance use disorder professional - degree and certificate

Fall 2019: The fall 2019 cohort is full, with a wait list, and is no longer accepting applications. Check back later for the fall 2020 application.

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 admit@whatcom.edu, 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 advise@whatcom.edu. 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
advise@whatcom.edu
p 360.383.3080 | f 360.383.3081

STEP 4 - Obtain and complete substance use disorder professional program application packet

The application for the substance use disorder professional certificate and degree selective entry program for fall 2019 is currently closed. The application for the fall 2020 cohort will be available winter quarter.

STEP 5 - Pay application fee

Once the selective entry application is filled out, students must pay the application fee ($25) and Washington State Patrol background check fee ($11) on or before the application deadline. Students are required to submit proof of payment within the application.

STEP 6 - Submit the substance use disorder professional application form and supporting materials by the application deadline

Submit the completed substance use disorder professional program application packet 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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Substance use disorder professional - alternative training

Apply now to the Alternative Training program! Please complete and submit the WCC Substance Use Disorder Professional Alternative Training application for the fall 2019 cohort. Applications are due August 30, 2019 and will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for eligible students. Please review the WCC SUDP Alternative Training Program Overview for more information about this 15-credit online program.

Please note that new legislation (HB 1768) created a Co-occurring Disorder Enhancement Specialist pathway for masters-prepared clinicians. This would reduce the amount of training and supervision required but does not lead to full licensure as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (formerly Chemical Dependency Professional). Please review the new 2019 legislation and contact the Department of Health for further information. As of June 2019, it is unknown as to when the training for this pathway will be available.

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