Substance Use Disorders Counseling

Program Number: 10-550-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is eligible for financial aid

Prepare to evaluate and counsel clients with substance use disorders with the Substance Use Disorders Counseling associate degree program at Moraine Park.

About the Program

Substance abuse impacts roughly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., people who need help learning healthy lifestyles and coping mechanisms.

Substance Use Disorders Counselors, also known as Alcohol and Other Drug (AODA) Counselors, help clients and their families develop new lifestyles and coping methods to resolve personal conflicts. The Substance Use Disorders Counseling field has a positive job outlook and is growing much faster than average.

What You'll Learn

Students gain foundational knowledge, skills and experience necessary to treat and counsel clients. Graduates are prepared to evaluate clients and develop treatment plans. Successful Substance Use Disorders Counselors are excellent listeners, writers and negotiators. They also have a passion for helping and assisting others.

The program meets all educational requirements for counselor certification and prepares graduates for the counselor certification examination.

After completing Moraine Park’s associate degree in Substance Use Disorders Counseling, students are awarded 500 hours for being an approved program and an additional 468 hours of clinical experience. This totals 968 hours toward the required 3,000 hours of clinical experience needed for counselor certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Department of Safety and Professional Services of the State of Wisconsin.

Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Critically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
  • Develop treatment plans.
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs.
  • Demonstrate service coordination skills.
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families.
  • Provide education relevant to substance use.
  • Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines.
  • Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical and behavioral conduct.
Career Opportunities
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (in training)
  • House Manager CBRF
  • Project Coordinator/County Substance Abuse Council
  • Substance Abuse Intake Worker
  • Crisis Worker
  • Relief Worker
  • Counselor Aide
  • Human Service Worker
  • Case Manager
Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

  • Criminal Background Check

Transfer Opportunities
  1. Transfer in prior college work or get a free transcript review. Start here.
  2. Transfer a Moraine Park degree to earn a bachelor’s – learn more.
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Semester 1
103-159Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
550-106Physiological Complications and Psychopharmacology3
550-112Client Rights, Confidentiality and Ethics3
550-125Counseling Skills and Practice3
801-136English Composition 13
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
890-101College 1012
Total 18
Semester 2
550-121Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment4
550-140Counseling Theory and Practice3
550-141Group Facilitation3
550-142Introduction to Community Mental Health3
801-1xxCommunication Course3
Total 16
Semester 3
550-131Crisis Management2
550-135Diversity in Counseling3
550-150Family Systems3
804-1xxMathematics Course3
 - OR - 
806-1xxScience Course3
809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
Total 14
Semester 4
550-155Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship Seminar3
550-156Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship 14
550-157Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship 24
550-161Motivational Interviewing3
809-1xxSocial Science Course3
Total 17
Total Credits65