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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Addiction Studies


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2018 (540)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2018 (540), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Cheryl Kerr
Program Director
(727) 341-3736

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services

Program Summary

This program will prepare students for entry level work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and/or addiction treatment. The Human Services Program is a Single-Source Provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB). The coursework in this Certificate satisfies the content specific training requirements for the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) examination, the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) examination, and the Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) through the FCB. There are additional requirements to quality for these examinations (i.e., work experience). See the FCB website for details or contact the Program Director.

These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Social and Human Services - Addiction Studies sub plan.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0451159901: Addiction Services

Federal CIP Code

51.1501: Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Drug Treatment Counselor Aide
  • Substance Abuse Technician
  • Residential or Group Home Worker
  • Program Supervisor or Program Director (with CAP certification)

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Grade of "C" or better in each of these courses

Principles of Substance Abuse
Issues in Addiction Prevention
Dual Diagnosis I
HIV/AIDS & Drug Crisis
Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling
Basic Counseling Skills
Evaluation of Treatment Environments
Methods for Identification and Intervention in Substance Abuse
Treatment and Resources in Substance Abuse
Co-op Work Experience in Human Services
Total Credits