Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate

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Program Number: 97-550-1
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is not eligible for financial aid

Take your career to the next level and help more people improve their lives by adding a Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate to your bachelor’s degree.

About the Program

The Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in human services who wish to pursue Substance Abuse Counselor certification. Graduates gain an additional specialty in the growing field of Substance Abuse counseling.

What You'll Learn

Students in the Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate prepare to counsel clients and their families with substance use disorders. An emphasis is placed on facilitation, crisis management and family systems.

Opportunities for Advancement

Courses from this Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate transfer directly into the Substance Use Disorders Counseling associate degree. Graduates go on to find employment as Substance Abuse counselors – in Training (SAC), intake workers, house managers in CBRFs, counselor aides, crisis workers and relief workers.

The Substance Use Disorders Counseling program is approved by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Transfer Opportunities

Your academic journey can continue at a four-year college or university. Earn your associate degree at Moraine Park and then apply those credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Starting at MPTC makes completing a bachelor’s degree affordableaccessible and convenient. You can go anywhere as MPTC has transfer agreements with colleges and universities both in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Additional Information

State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.  

Licensing Organization: Department of Safety and Professional Services


Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

Credit for Prior Learning

Transform the skills and abilities developed through previous experience into college credit through MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning process. 

  • Transfer credit from other colleges/universities
  • Earn college credit for your military training and experience
  • Earn college credit via Advance Placement, CLEP, DANTES/DSST or MPTC Challenge Exams
  • Earn college credit from previous/current work and life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $149.50 per credit (resident)
  • $224.25 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $5.00 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $12.50 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Course Requirements 

Plan of Study Grid
550-200 Introduction to the SUDC Profession 3
550-201 Understanding Substance Use 3
550-210 Boundaries and Ethics - Helping Professions 3
550-206 Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills 3
550-207 Psychopharmacology 3
 Total Credits15


Earn a certificate and associate degree along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.