Allegany College adds 16-credit certificate on addiction services

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Allegany College of Maryland received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to add a one-year, 16-credit addictions services certificate to its human service associate coursework.

The certificate will help professionals address the region’s expanding opioid crisis, according to a news release from the college.

The six-course certificate, when combined with other requirements of the Maryland State Addictions Licensing Board, will meet the required addictions-specific courses for the Maryland Addictions Counselor Certification.

The certificate is intended for students enrolled in the college’s human service associate degree program or another state-approved addictions preparation degree.

Certificate courses are open to anyone who would like to enhance their resume or career portfolio or to individuals with an interest in addictions. Certificate courses alone will not enable an individual to sit for the associate level Maryland State Addictions Counselor Certification Exam.

Interested students are encouraged to enroll now for the upcoming fall semester.

Demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.