2018/2019 Catalog > Social Science

Diploma in
Human Services: Addiction Recovery

Program Mission/Description:
The Diploma in Human Services specializing in Addiction Recovery is designed to prepare students for work in the drug and alcohol field specializing in peer support recovery. This curriculum was created in conjunction with Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance. It is for individuals interested in pursuing the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential through the PA Certification Board (PCB). Please note: Only students who have been in recovery for 18 months or more can take the Certified Recovery Specialist Exam for PA Board Certification.
This program provides the student the opportunity:
  • Develop knowledge and skills needed to sit for the PA Certification Board examination to become professionally credentialed.
Learning Objectives
The graduate of this program is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the addiction and recovery processes.
  • Engage in effective communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethics and boundaries and recovery support services.
  • Describe stigmatization and how addiction affects the family.
  • Develop crisis interventions strategies.
  • Identify the common vision of recovery.
Required Courses
First year - First semester:

Course Code:Course Name:Number of Credits:
ENG-101English Composition3
FYE-101First Year Experience1
HMS-101Introduction to Human Services3
HMS-104Certified Recovery Specialist I3
Total: 10
First year - Second semester:

Course Code:Course Name:Number of Credits:
HMS-102Interviewing and Counseling Skills3
HMS-105Certified Recovery Specialist II3
Total: 6
Total Credits for Degree: 16