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Substance Use Disorders Counseling (SUDC) Program

Associate of Applied Science│Fond du Lac Campus│2 Years│63 Credits│Eligible for Financial Aid

Substance abuse impacts roughly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., people. Prepare to evaluate and counsel clients with the Substance Use Disorders Counseling (SUDC) degree program at Moraine Park. Become a licensed counselor in only two years.

Substance Use Disorders Counselors, also known as Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors or AODC Counselors, help clients and their families develop new lifestyles and coping methods to resolve personal conflicts. They are excellent listeners, writers and negotiators with a passion for helping and assisting others.

What You’ll Learn

Graduates are prepared to evaluate clients and develop treatment plans. Students gain foundational knowledge, skills and experience necessary to evaluate, treat and counsel clients:

  • Evaluate clients for SUD treatment.
  • Develop individualized treatment plans.
  • Facilitate client referrals.
  • Counsel clients.
  • Provide education relevant to substance use and recovery.
  • Produce professional SUDC documentation.
  • Manage client case(s).
  • Display professional conduct in the clinical setting.
  • Develop professional relationships with client(s).
  • Apply personal wellness strategies for the helping professions.

Counselor Certification

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.

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After learning about Moraine Park’s Substance Use Disorder Counseling program and talking with supportive friends and family, Guadalupe felt confident that it was the right path for her.

The Substance Use Disorders Counseling field has a positive job outlook and is growing much faster than average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Substance Use Disorders Counseling field is projected to grow 22 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor (in training)
  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor
  • House Manager CBRF
  • Project Coordinator/County Substance Abuse Council
  • Substance Abuse Intake Worker
  • Crisis Worker
  • Relief Worker
  • Counselor Aide
  • Human Service Worker
  • Case Manager

Potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Local Government
  • Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners
  • Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Insurance Agencies

Can I become a substance abuse counselor without a bachelor’s degree?

Yes, the Substance Use Counseling profession in the State of Wisconsin can be obtained by completing an approved Associate Degree Program in Substance Use Counseling.

Students enrolled in the MPTC Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUDC) Program can become substance abuse counselors. They need to apply for their Substance Use Counseling In Training  (SAC-IT) Certification before entering their internship. Students will become Substance Abuse Counselors in Training after completing the MPTC Program.

What is the typical work environment in the industry?

The work environment depends on the profession and ranges from schools and hospitals to correctional facilities and courts.

  • Counseling in schools.
  • Counseling in treatment courts.
  • Correctional treatments in prison or community corrections.
  • Residential treatment and prevention programs in various settings.
  • Inpatient treatment programs in hospitals.
  • Outpatient counseling and intensive outpatient treatment programs in county agencies or clinics.
  • Counseling in offices of other practitioners.
  • Counseling-related insurance work in agencies and brokerages.

What professional and soft skills should a substance abuse counselor possess?

Skills depend on the specific profession. Most environments require the following:

  • Work cooperatively
  • Communicate clearly
  • Act responsibly
  • Work productively
  • Manage time effectively
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Adapt to change
  • Demonstrate integrity

What is the difference between substance use and substance abuse?

Substance Use is the terminology that the medical profession uses to diagnose a person that shows a pattern of misuse of substances. Substance Abuse has a negative connotation that identifies harm to another person. This explains why the degree/program is called Substance Use Disorder Counseling instead of Substance Abuse Disorder Counseling.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Facilitation
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

View and begin standard admissions steps.

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Estimated Costs

Estimated costs below are based on the 2023-2024 school year. These fees look at the cost to complete all classes. Costs, textbooks and supplies subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance.


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*Based on new books, rental, electronic, and used options may be available.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

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

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

This program requires all students to train at off-site agencies – external to the College. As such, students must remain compliant with both the criminal background and healthcare requirements. Falling out of compliance may prevent students from progressing in or result in administrative removal from the program.

Health requirements are subject to change based on external agency requirements.

A full list of health requirements for this program is available from your academic advisor or by contacting the Student Health Record Representative at drhoads1@morainepark.edu.

SUDC Student Voices

"As a returning student to education and studying in a completely new industry, all of the staff within MPTC were over the top helpful in navigating the ins-and-outs of working toward my degree. The Substance Abuse Counseling instructors were knowledgeable about the disease of addiction, the preparation for licensure, and were attentive with answering questions when asked." - Jacqueline Hein

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Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 4-6 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.