Chemical Dependency, Online

Competency Credential
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About this program

The Chemical Dependency credential arms professionals with real-world skills and practical takeaways to apply in their lines of work. From awareness and prevention to treatment and advocacy, students learn the health, social, political, and systemic aspects of drug use and addiction. Courses discuss ways to implement effective prevention strategies, identify signs of chemical dependency along with current treatment options. Upon completion of this online program, graduates will earn a professional credential and the understanding, knowledge, and confidence to influence change.


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This professional credential is intended to enhance the skill level of degreed professionals currently working in fields such as law enforcement, education, human services, and healthcare.


At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Science Behind Substance Abuse and Addiction (DCP100)
  • Promotion and Prevention of Substance Use and Abuse (DCP201)
  • Comprehensive Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction (DCP202)
  • Advocacy and Social Policy Approaches to Addressing Substance Use and Abuse (DCP203)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

    ​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

      Our People

      “The most effective strategy for addressing substance use and abuse is through the mobilization of local citizens. They serve as experts of their communities, because they retain a strong understanding of regional assets and potential barriers to change. Penn College understands the powerful role that local people play in addressing the current opioid and subsequent heroin epidemics.”

      Dr. Elizabeth Winder

      Assistant Professor of Human Services

      Online Degrees

      Learning that fits your lifestyle


      • Accessible online anywhere in the world
      • Flexible scheduling – take classes part-time or full-time
      • Continue to work and be at home with your family
      • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


      • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
      • Same rigor as on-campus programs


      • One-on-one interaction with faculty
      • 24/7 online tutoring
      • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
      • Graduates can participate in Commencement

      Class Delivery

      • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
      • No required campus visits
      Industry Partners

      Work with experts to become an expert

      Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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      Student Experience

      The community as their classroom

      Human Services students host ‘HOPE’ opiod event

      This student-organized event was designed to raise awareness and humanize the local opioid epidemic.

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      More Information

      Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

      Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

      • Ms. Susan Alberti, Executive Director, Clear Vision Residential, Inc.
      • Ms. Mandy Ball, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, Bureau of Prisons
      • Ms. Yvonne R Bennage, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
      • Dr. Nancy L Butts, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Lycoming County Government
      • Ms. Robin Dadzie, Case Management Supervisor, AIDS Resource Alliance
      • The Honorable Marc Lovecchio, Judge, Commonwealth of PA, Lycoming County
      • Ms. Kathleen Martinez Collier, Prevention Director, County of Chester
      • Ms. Jennifer Reigel, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
      • Ms. Penny L Sines, Social Worker II, DOC SCI-Muncy
      • Ms. Susan R Swartz, District Administrator, Dept. of Labor & Industry, OVR
      • Mr. Robert J Thompson, '99, '03, Adult Probation/Parole Officer, Lycoming County Adult Probation Office
      • Mr. Stephen G Wagner, Associate Warden, Federal Correctional Institution
      • Mr. Joseph J Weber, Permanency Services, Unit Supervisor, Lycoming Children & Youth Services

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