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FAQ

Can I apply my military benefits toward the program tuition?

Yes. Because the program is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, students can apply their GI benefits toward the cost of tuition. Benefits may vary based on your service. Please check your GI Bill Letter or Certificate of Eligibility to see how much of your tuition and fees will be covered by your VA benefits.

How many credit hours are required to complete the program?

The required courses total 18 credit hours, not counting the optional clinical experience component.

What is the cost per credit hour?

$590/Credit Hour.

What is the total cost of the Online Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery program?

The required 18 credits cost $10,620. There will be an additional cost for the optional clinical experience component.

Is financial aid available?

Federal financial aid is not available to students enrolled only in certificate programs. Many students seek financial assistance through private loans or tuition reimbursement programs from their employers.

Do students have to login at specific times of the day or a certain number of times each week?

Coursework is completed asynchronously, which means students can log in whenever it suits their schedule. The number of login attempts is not measured, though students are required to complete weekly quizzes and web posts, and take part in discussions.

How quickly can the program be completed?

Students completing two courses each term can complete the program in as little as one year.

What is the lecture format? Do the courses have video or audio lectures, or other interactive pieces?

Courses involve a number of different formats, including video lectures, written content readers, articles and web links. Assessments include assignments and quizzes.

Do courses need to be completed in a certain order?

GMS 6780 Addiction: Neuroscience and Trends and GMS 6781 Foundations in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders are prerequisites for the other four required courses in the graduate certificate. After completing the two prerequisite courses, students are free to take concurrently whatever number of courses they feel they are able to manage, as soon as those courses become available.

Who should enroll in this program?

The program is a perfect fit for social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses and others with a bachelor’s degree or higher who desire specialized training in addiction. For those seeking Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Addiction Counselor, or other professional certifications, the program offers a unique opportunity to prepare for the exams through courses that cover all the required knowledge and competency areas, and through optional clinical supervision experience.

How can I apply the Graduate Certificate in Addiction & Recovery to my current career?

The graduate certificate in Addiction and Recovery will boost the career prospects of addiction counselors and clinicians by equipping them with specialized knowledge of emerging evidence-based practices. Students will learn how to design and implement effective treatment programs, with sensitivity to co-occurring health issues and differences in age, gender, culture, ethnicity, language and other factors.
Additionally, the program prepares students for Florida Certification Board (FCB) and International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) certification examinations, in anticipation of earning the CAP, CAC and other credentials.

What is the optional clinical experience opportunity, and where can I complete it?

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery who plan to go on to pursue substance use or substance abuse counselor certification, have the chance to connect with addiction practices to gain clinical experience. As much as possible, we will help facilitate connections between students and practitioners located near them. Students and practitioners will then communicate directly with each other to decide the details of their specific clinical experience, and any associated payments. Clinical experience is not a required component of the certificate, but obtaining clinical experience is a valuable way to enhance your skills, regardless of whether or not you plan to pursue certification.
To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be enrolled in the certificate and must have completed all the courses.

Where can I get more information about professional certification and reciprocity?

Does UF accept international students?

Yes, see our Admissions Requirements page for details.

Do students have online access to the UF library?

Yes, Distance Education Students enjoy the same library privileges as on campus students. Visit http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/distancelearners.

What special services do you offer online students?

Students in online programs have access to the same support services as on-campus students. This includes webmail and online registration, tuition payment, bookstore, library and course management.

Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students?

Yes. For technical support for courses, email De-support@ahc.ufl.edu.

What is your online learning center platform?

Canvas.

Can I take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program?

Yes. Students can take up to two courses before deciding to enroll in the certificate. Please note the following:

  • Grades earned while not enrolled in the certificate will appear on a student’s transcript, but will not count toward a certificate or degree until the student is specifically admitted to a certificate or degree program.
  • No more than six credits taken without being enrolled in the certificate can be applied to the certificate later. This is an important point to note if you plan to enroll in the certificate or a degree program later.
  • Credits earned while not enrolled in the certificate can be applied later to the certificate only if the courses taken are required for the certificate, and if students earn a B or higher in those courses.

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