2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Prevention Specialist Certificate of Completion

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Program Description Wellness and prevention, which includes work to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of substance abuse, tobacco use, suicide, bullying, and stress-related illness, are central areas of focus in the prevention field. Careers are available in schools and community settings, serving groups such as youth, adults, families, elders, and at-risk populations. This certificate of completion is primarily designed for those who already have an associate's degree or higher who seek courses to enhance competency in working in prevention services. This certificate of completion requires successful completion of a minimum of 19 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (19 credits)


  1. Identify and assess local, regional, and state resources and services available to community stakeholders and how to assess them.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively work with consumers using communication skills, group interaction, problem-solving, and ethical procedures.

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is HSTPSC01. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • This certificate of completion utilizes courses required for related degrees in social and human services, addiction studies, and family support and blends them to enhance the student’s academic preparation by covering state educational requirements for an Associate Prevention Professional (APP) credential. For more information on the APP, see the Department of Health’s website at www.doh.wa.gov
  • A Washington state background check is required for entrance into this vocation and some limitations are in effect for those with former felony convictions. If you have questions about this, please contact the department advisor or the Department of Health directly.
  • This certificate can be earned concurrently with the SHS Human Services degree. Consult with a program advisor if this option is desired.

The advisor for this program is:
Cathy Dominguez | cathy.dominguez@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1242

The faculty advisors for this program are:
Timothy Burdick | timothy.burdick@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1633
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1981
Roxanne Green | roxanne.green@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1595
Mika McAfee | mika.mcafee@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1452

Department Website: Social and Human Services | www.edmonds.edu/shs

Certificate of Completion General Information

This certificate of completion (COC) is awarded upon completion of the required number of courses. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or S grades in all college level courses in order to earn this COC. Certain certificates may require a higher cumulative grade point average as dictated by industry standards. All credits for this COC must be earned at Edmonds College.

Certificates of completion (COCs) are not eligible for financial aid; however, some COCs may be eligible for veteran’s benefits. If you are interested in this COC, please talk to your faculty advisor or an academic advisor in student services.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning; and
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 19
CIP - 440000
Last revised - 2023/03/07

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