Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Addiction Counseling and Prevention Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Prepare to meet the increasingly complex needs of alcohol/drug patients, as well as the increasing educational and professional expectations of employers. The certificate focuses on science-based addiction education to provide the highest quality counseling in substance use. It meets 15 of the 21 specialized academic credit hours required for South Dakota credentialing. Individuals outside the state of South Dakota should contact their state chemical dependency certification board to ensure courses meet their requirements which may differ by state. The department and programs are accredited through the NASAC. Learn more at usd.edu/acp.


General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention
605-658-5950 | acap@usd.edu | usd.edu/acp

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad


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