The Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine (UCC) developed the first graduate program in Puerto Rico offering a Master of Health Sciences in Substance Abuse and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling (In Spanish) . The Program, designed and supported by the CBHATTC and CSAT, is part of the Family Medicine and Common Health Department of the School of Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe. This evening program begins every August and sessions are offered on a quarterly basis.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally. According to this prestigious commission the this academic program is conspicuous for their uniqueness and their answer to community needs in Puerto Rico. The Substance Abuse Counseling Program which has an important mission and an outstanding record of scholarship productivity. Where its graduates are successful in pursuing professional careers and advanced degrees as well as they remain in the community and provide important service to the community.