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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Addiction Studies Certificate - Online Only

27 Credit Hours Required

The online Addiction Studies Certificate is an innovative program that prepares addiction professionals to meet the increasingly complex needs of alcohol/drug patients, as well as the increasing educational and professional expectations of employers.  The program focuses on science-based addiction education enabling professionals to provide the highest quality addiction counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse or addiction.

All courses have been approved by the South Dakota Board of Addiction & Prevention Professionals.  Students completing this program will meet the 27 credit hours required for South Dakota state certified addiction counselor status.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  1. a Statement of Purpose

  2. a successful criminal background check reviewed and approved by the Health Science background check committee

  3. official high school transcript or GED

  4. ACT or SAT scores*

 *If applicant is over the age of 24, ACT or SAT scores are only required if test was taken within the last five years.

To apply for admission to the Addiction Studies Certificate program:

  1. visit http://www.usd.edu/usd-online/applying and click on “Undergraduate Certificate Application”

  2. Download and complete the application and statement of purpose form

  3. Upload the completed application and select your method of payment

  4. Official high school transcripts or verification of GED and ACT or SAT scores (if applicable) must be sent to the University of South Dakota