The Certificate in Addiction Studies offered by the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Southern University is designed for individuals who are pursuing undergraduate studies, desire curriculum focused on the specific and practical area of addiction, and would like to pursue CADC I & II Certification. This certificate is appropriate for demonstrating mastery of a topic and/or applications relevant to personal knowledge, professional development, and preparation for future study.

The undergraduate Certificate in Addiction Studies at California Southern University is not a graduate degree. Upon completion of the program requirements, learners earn a certificate focused in the particular area of study.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 27
  • Cost per credit: $425
  • Program length: 1½-2 years  (full-time status)

Time to certificate completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Develop an understanding of the theoretical and applied knowledge of addiction and the differentiation of alcohol and other drug effects on the various parts of the body and brain.

Provide learners with a basic knowledge of addictive behavior to better understand and treat individuals with substance use disorders and those influenced by this behavior.

Provide learners with a critically examined value system and professional code of ethics essential to the practice of substance abuse counseling.

Improve the learner’s analytical and critical thinking skills by providing an understanding of theory and applications as related to the process of addiction.

Enable learners to integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences so that learning becomes meaningful, personalized and relates to one’s professional and practical needs.

Promote the development of an appreciation for leadership and case management skills critical to the success in a multicultural and diverse environment to function as an effective addiction professional.

Career Outcomes

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC I) / Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC II)

Case manager

Certificate in Addiction Studies Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 27

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Addiction Studies is a 27-credit program comprised of the following required courses and optional elective course:

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 3306   Foundations of Addiction — 3 credits
  • PSY 3307   The Physiology and Pharmacology of Substance Use — 3 credits
  • PSY 3309 Ethical and Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling — 3 credits
  • PSY 3316   Personal and Professional Growth — 3 credits
  • PSY 3317   Individual, Family and Group Counseling — 3 credits
  • PSY 3318   Culture and Diversity in Addiction Counseling — 3 credits
  • PSY 3507   Case Management: Assessment, Treatment, Planning, Relapse Prevention, and Aftercare — 3 credits
  • PSY 3508   Supervised Practicum and Fieldwork in Addiction Studies — 6 credits

Optional Course

  • PSY 3315   CADC Exam Preparation Course — 3 credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

I had a wonderful experience and loved the flexibility of the program. I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The faculty mentors were fantastic and very helpful and inspiring. I feel like I got an excellent education for an affordable price and I appreciate everything that it brought to my life.

– Jinxi Caddel, School of Behavioral Sciences

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Accreditation & Approvals

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California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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