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substance abuse counseling


    Video: Substance Abuse Counseling

    Program Number: 10-550-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    Moraine Park’s Substance Abuse Counseling associate of applied science degree provides the foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience to prepare students to counsel and treat clients with substance use disorders. The program meets all educational requirements for counselor certification and prepares them for counselor certification examination. Upon completion of the associate degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, students are awarded 500 hours for being an approved program and an additional 468 hours of clinical experience for a total of 968 hours towards the required 4,000 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.

    Graduates find employment as alcohol and other drug abuse associates/counselors. The associate of applied science degree meets the educational requirements for certification with the Department of Safety and Professional Services of the State of Wisconsin. Individuals in this Substance Abuse Counseling profession work with clients and their families to develop new lifestyles and coping methods for resolving personal conflicts without turning to alcohol and drugs for solutions.

    Listening, negotiating, planning, writing and counseling skills and the ability to assist others are important personal attributes of Substance Abuse Counseling professionals.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $37,437

    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

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Criminal Background Check   


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    550-106 Physiological Complications and Psychopharmacology 3
    550-112 Client Rights, Confidentiality and Ethics 3
    550-125 Counseling Skills and Practice 3
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 18
    Semester 2
    550-121 Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment 4
    550-140 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
    550-141 Group Facilitation 3
    550-142 Introduction to Community Mental Health 3
    801-1xx Communication Course 3
    Total 16
    Semester 3
    550-131 Crisis Management 2
    550-135 Diversity in Counseling 3
    550-150 Family Systems 3
    804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
     - OR - 
    806-1xx Science Course 3
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4
    550-155 Substance Abuse Counseling Internship Seminar 3
    550-156 Substance Abuse Counseling Internship 1 4
    550-157 Substance Abuse Counseling Internship 2 4
    550-161 Motivational Interviewing 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 65

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.