Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate


Earn a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling through the University of Cincinnati. Gain a better understanding of how to work with persons impacted by substance use disorders. Designed for working professionals with a Baccalaureate degree, or students currently working towards a Baccalaureate degree, this certificate will expand your counseling knowledge and help you excel in your career. 

Program Objectives

Upon completing the 24 credit hours of the Substance Abuse Counseling certificate, you will have gained understanding in a variety of professional disciplines including:

  • Recognition, understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of addictive behaviors
  • Prevention strategies and issues
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sociology    

Career Possibilities

The Substance Abuse Counseling program was developed by a team of academic specialists and practitioners in the field to help students and career professionals gain the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to work with the addicted population and those who have been affected by exposure to addictive behavior. Aspects of the program are well suited for those who come in contact with and may assist addicted persons and their families, including:

  • Probation, parole and corrections officers
  • Social workers and guidance counselors
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Nurses and other medical staff
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Certified professionals who may want to enhance their career opportunities
  • Mental health professionals
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Additional Information

Find out more about the undergraduate Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate curriculum.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 30 weeks.  

This program will cost $11,750 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ {N/A--Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students} of debt. 

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Ohio

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