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Addiction Studies Program

Addiction Studies Program


The Addiction Studies Certificate Program is designed to prepare students to meet the professional requirements to practice as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor in the state of California. Join the battle against addiction and save lives by joining a community of competent counselors in the field of addiction studies.

To be notified when the program is accepting applications, please join the interest list (on the right).

Program Details:

  • Complete the program in 1 year!
  • This program is comprised of 13 condensed extension credit courses:
    • 4 blocks of courses that consist of 3 courses each
      • Students are not required to start the program with Block 1
    • A 250 hour supervised practicum
      • Students will be assisted with finding an internship site
  • Weekend courses
    • Class sessions occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST
  • Enjoy flexibility with hybrid courses
    • 4 courses must be attended in-person
    • The remaining courses can either be attended via Zoom or in person
  • A college degree is not necessary to participate in this program; however, a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required
  • The program costs a total of $6,875, but tuition is broken down per course block:
    • Block 1 - $1,650
    • Block 2 - $1,375
    • Block 3 - $1,650
    • Block 4 - $1,375
    • Supervised practicum - $825
  • Financing options are available
    • Unfortunately, financial aid cannot be used toward this program
    • Department of Rehabilitation and other workforce agencies may cover the cost of the program, if applicable


The Addiction Studies Certificate Program provides a comprehensive educational program in the field of addiction studies which will prepare and allow students to take the state licensing examination upon completion. This program can be completed in one year, which is half the time that it would take at comparable institutions. The shorter time frame also equates to half of the cost of comparable institutions. Upon completion of this program, students will meet the requirements and be prepared to apply for CCAPP, CAADE, or CADPT certifications.  These certifications can substantially increase earning potential.

Who will benefit:

  • Anyone who has a passion to help others maintain recovery
  • Anyone who is currently in the field of mental health and/or prevention
  • Anyone who is currently enrolled in an academic program focused on mental health, education, and/or prevention 

Certification increases employment outcomes for:

  • Peer support specialists
  • Mental health specialists
  • Crisis Intervention Specialists
  • Prevention specialists
  • Youth counselors
  • Therapists

Related academic majors:

  • Social sciences 
  • Psychology 
  • Counseling 
  • Education 
  • Public Health