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Applying to the substance use disorder professional program

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

***Due to coronavirus "stay at home" orders, Whatcom will be accepting applications only via mail until further notice. The application deadline for the fall 2020 cohort has been extended to June 30, 2020. The order of accepting applications will be based on the postmark date.***

Substance use disorder professional - degree and certificate

Fall 2020: Applications will be accepted after March 2, 2020. The deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020 for complete application and all related materials. 

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 substance use disorder professional program and pay related fees. You must be at least 18 years old by the start of substance use disorder professional program classes to be accepted into the substance use disorder professional program.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at admit@whatcom.edu or by phone at 360-383-3001. 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

***While in-person services are temporarily not available on Whatcom's campus, appointments with advisors are available by phone or Zoom. Schedule an appointment by calling 360-383-3080 or book through Starfish for current students.***

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

Download the substance use disorder professional program application packet or request by email at registration@whatcom.edu or phone at 360-383-3030.

STEP 5 - Pay application fee

Students must pay the application fee ($25) and Washington State Patrol background check fee ($11) on or before the application deadline and submit proof of payment with the application.

While in-person services are temporarily not available on Whatcom's campus, fees may be paid by mail. Mail one check for $36 ($25 application fee and $11 background check) made payable to "Whatcom Community College", to:

WCC Business Office
ATTN: SUDP Application Fees
Laidlaw Building
237 W. Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226

Include a completed application fee payment form (page 3 of the application packet) with your check. Note your SID number and "SUDP program" in the memo line of your check.

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. Mail to:

Whatcom Community College
SUDP Program Entry, HPEC 104
237 W. Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226

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 2020 cohort. Applications are due August 28, 2020 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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