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Our coursework combines rigorous academics and applied problem-solving to teach core competencies in addiction prevention and treatment, as identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

When you graduate, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  • recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse,
  • understand crisis intervention and relapse prevention strategies,
  • develop substance abuse prevention and recovery programs,
  • treat individuals and families affected by addiction, and
  • make ethical decisions in as a human services professional.

This certificate may meet the educational (didactic) requirements for addiction credentialing, such as the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-Assistant (CSAC-A) in Virginia.* If you plan to seek international credentialing, we encourage you to consider our Human Services bachelor’s degree.

* This certificate prepares you for the post-graduation residency phase for Virginia CSAC or CSAC-A credentialing and may fulfill the educational hours required to take the National Certified Addiction Counselor Level I (NCAC-I) exam as set by the Virginia Board of Counseling. If you plan to seek credentialing outside of Virginia, please contact your state board to determine how this certificate can meet your state’s requirements.

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Required Courses

  • 18 credit hours, which includes one semester of field observation in human services systems

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Addiction Treatment and Prevention

We designed this certificate to benefit current undergraduate students and working mental health professionals who want to expand their skills in public and private settings such as:

  • Residential and rehabilitation centers
  • Detoxification centers
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Addiction treatment and recovery centers/programs
  • Methadone and Suboxone clinics
  • Geriatric facilities
  • Jails and prisons
  • Courts and probation settings
  • Schools and adolescent/youth programs
  • Social service settings

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$356 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

If you are a student at ODU, talk to your advisor about adding this certificate to your academic plan. This certificate pairs well with criminal justicepsychology, health sciences, and other majors.

Working professionals and undergraduate students at other institutions should: 

  • Apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student;
  • have undergraduate coursework and/or degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution; 
  • have transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work at regionally-accredited institutions.
  • If your native language is not English, take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT.

Get guaranteed admission at Old Dominion University

We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. By applying, you will be assured admission at ODU for the completion of your degree.

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Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.