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Addiction Studies Program

Addiction Studies Program


The Addiction Studies Certificate Program (ASCP) is designed to prepare student to meet the professional requirements to practice as a Certified Additions 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.

Program Details:

  • 13 courses overall- Take 3 courses per block- 4 blocks per year- Complete program in 1 year
  • Courses will be offered in hybrid format on evenings and weekends
  • Assistance with 250-hour practicum internship requirement may be available upon request
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent) required. No previous college necessary for enrollment
  • Price: Program cost: $8000 per person
  • Financing available
  • Other funding sources: Department of Rehabilitation and other Workforce Agencies accepted 


The ASCP 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:

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

Related academic majors:

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