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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Advanced Certificate

Location(s): Online

NLC’s Advanced Certificate in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions is designed to provide diploma and degree holders with specialized education in the field of collaborative mental health and addictions services provided by the Northern Health Authority. Using health promotion and psychosocial rehabilitation as foundations for practice, students will engage in assessment, planning, and interventions that support complex needs. A holistic, trauma- informed, harm-reduction, and strength-based approach is emphasized throughout, with sensitivity to cultural contexts.

As reflective practitioners, graduates will be prepared to apply effective leadership, advocacy, and critical thinking skills to their work with individuals, families, and groups. A cumulative practicum ensures preparation for integrated practice within the health care system.

Courses in this program are primarily completed through asynchronous online study with some synchronous web-conferencing. Delivery optimizes flexibility for learners with employment and family obligations.

Career Prospects

Professional development and career advancement in the field of interprofessional mental health and addictions.




19 credits (545 hours).

This is a part-time program that can completed in as little as 10 months.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 2,268.22$ 136.56$ 0.00$ 2,404.78

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 7,334.00$ 136.56$ 0.00$ 828.00$ 8,298.56

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Admission Requirements

Complete :

  1. Baccalaureate degree or diploma in child and youth care, education, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, or social work.
  2. Baccalaureate-level academic writing course (e.g., NLC’s ENGL 100 – Academic Writing or an equivalent).

Alternative credentials and/or experience in human and health services may be considered.  Please contact Admissions for more information.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following post-admission requirements must be submitted to Admissions prior to the first day of classes:

  • Clearance letter from the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), for a Schedule “B” Criminal Record Check (CRC), WORKS WITH children and vulnerable adults1

1 No student will be permitted to begin a workplace practicum until the CRC has been received by NLC. Failure to do so and may result in program withdrawal. Please see Criminal Records Checks for more information pertaining to Criminal Record Checks.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. This program is affiliated with Northern Health and Camosun College.

Program Requirements

Residency RequirementAll courses must be completed at Northern Lights College (contact the Dean for an exception to IMHA 311)
Minimum Grade Requirements2.33 program Grade Point Average (GPA)IMHA 311/PSYC 220 with a minimum grade of B+C+ minimum in all other courses

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Advanced Certificate in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions