Governor Wolf, Clarion University Announce Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

July 12, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf was joined today by Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney; Dr. Ray Feroz, Chair of the Clarion University Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences; PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, and PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Program Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, to announce Clarion University’s online Opioid Treatment Specialist certificate program.

The program, the first of its kind in the state, is the university’s response to the growing epidemic in the state.

“Fighting the ongoing battle against heroin and opioid abuse in the state is a top priority of my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m proud to announce this new curriculum with Clarion University because education is a powerful force in this fight and it is my sincere hope that people take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about opioid addiction and what part we can each play in this effort.”

First offered in the fall 2017 semester, the 12-credit, four-course certificate program is available to anyone. There are no prerequisites, but the university advises that the program might be most beneficial to professionals who want to strengthen their credentials or to current students who want to graduate with stronger job prospects.

“Clarion continues to align its academic programs to the needs of the commonwealth,” said Dr. Karen Whitney. “Through Clarion University online, and with our new College of Health and Human Services, we have the ability to equip students and professionals locally, regionally, and even nationally with the tools they need to better respond to the opioid epidemic. This program will save lives.”

“The certificate was developed to educate treatment professionals in prevention and treatment of opioid abuse and addiction,” said Dr. Ray Feroz. “It is one way Clarion can aid in combating the statewide and nationwide opioid crisis.”

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

For more information, including estimated costs, visit, or call Clarion Admissions at 800-672-7171, ext. 1.

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