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Prepares entry-level addiction professionals by providing two addiction specific courses that have the education content areas and hours that meet standards for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certification (CDCA-Preliminary and CDCA-Renewable) through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP). Additional information about the addictions credentialing process can be found on the OCDP website. A grade of "C" or higher is required for the courses.


Career Opportunities 

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA)
  • Addiction Case Managers
  • Drug Court Staff/Services
  • Addiction Treatment Centers
  • Recovery homes

Q & A

  1. What do addiction professionals do?

Addiction professionals can provide a variety of services including group or individual counseling within inpatient or outpatient settings, case management, peer support, recovery support services, 12- Step program assistance and substance use education.

  1. Where can addiction professionals work?

Addiction professionals can work in a multitude of settings such as within community mental health organizations, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, public health organizations, juvenile detention centers or adult prison facilities.

Program Highlights

  • Complete this certificate with two courses--one in Fall and one in the Spring. Both courses are online so able to accommodate many schedules.
  • Available to students from any other disciplines who have an interest in working with clients concerning substance abuse or related addiction issues.
  • Addictions, Mental Health and Social Work Assistant (Human Service) majors can take the courses not only to obtain the Certificate but to fulfill their technical course requirements.
  • According to Department of Labor Statistics, the human service/social work area, addiction services, mental, and behavioral health is a growing area.
  • The field of addiction is a rewarding career aimed at helping individuals earn sobriety, improve the quality of lives and rebuild their lives.
  • There are two types of addiction: Chemical addiction, which involves the use of substances and Behavioral addiction which refers to compulsive behaviors.
  • There are an assortment of organizations in the area such as Coleman Health Services, Lima UMADAOP, Bright View Addiction Treatment Center and Lighthouse Behavioral Health that have hired our students.

Student Success Navigator

Abbi Burkhart

Student Success Navigator
(419) 995-8109