Certificate in Opioid Treatment Specialist

Apply Today for the Opioid Treatment Specialist ProgramDrug overdose is a leading cause of death in the United States. More than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania was fourth in the nation in drug overdose deaths in 2015 — a 28 percent increase over 2014 statistics. And the most recent statistics confirm no end to the epidemic.

Request Information for the Opioid Treatment Specialist ProgramClarion University has responded to the growing opioid epidemic by creating an online Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate beginning this fall.

Faculty experts in addictions, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, psychology and nursing contributed to the design of the certificate, which provides advanced information on opioid abuse and its prevention, education and treatment.

Program participants will:

  • Learn in-depth opioid diagnosis
  • Understand detox
  • Master treatment and recovery aspects
  • Learn to empower patients
  • Grasp advocacy for individuals
  • Develop skills to influence legislation and public policy
  • Gain a working knowledge of commonly abused (legal and illegal) opioids and drugs
  • Plan and evaluate prevention and treatment programs for opioids and other chemical dependency
  • Assess clients' medical and psychosocial needs and assets for developing comprehensive treatment plans for opioids and other chemical dependencies
  • Study advocacy skills for individual clients and larger systems improvement

Anyone may pursue the 12-credit certificate. There are no prerequisites. It would be most beneficial to professionals who want to strengthen their credentials and current students who want to graduate with stronger job prospects.

The certificate is designed to be offered across two consecutive semesters, with all four courses in seven week formats. The certificate can be earned in as little as one academic year, beginning in either the fall or spring semester.

The courses and sequence:

  • REHB 406 Opioid Abuse
  • NURS 475 Comprehensive Treatment of Chemical Dependency
  • REHB 410 Prevention, Education and Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • REHB 421 Advocacy and Public Policy in Addictions and Recovery

The certificate is beneficial for:

  • Drug counselors
  • Prevention specialists
  • Case managers
  • Nurses
  • EMTs
  • Emergency room personnel
  • Social workers
  • HIV/AIDS treatment specialists
  • School counselors
  • Probation and parole staff
  • Law enforcement
  • Children and family therapists
  • Assessment specialists and other human services professionals who work with impacted clients and families
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Dr. Ray Feroz is the chair of the Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences.

Estimated Costs

Per course cost (three credits) = $1,149.30 Pennsylvania resident
Per course cost (three credits) = $1,299.30 Non-Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $4,597.20 Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $5,197.20 Non-Pennsylvania resident

Application process

Apply today for the Opioid Certificate program. Once you've submitted your application, you'll receive an email with your student login information. You will be enrolled automatically in REHB 406 Opioid Abuse and the NURS 475: Comprehensive Treatment of Chemical Dependency courses and will be notified when scheduling is complete.

For more information

For more information, call Dr. Ray Feroz at 814 393 2052, Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences at 814 393 2325, or Admissions at 800 672 7171, ext. 1.

If you have questions about this certificate, read our FAQs page.

Last Updated 7/14/17