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Graduate Certificate in Addictions

Addiction is one of the most severe health and social problems facing our nation. A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that more than 1 in 7 Americans abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.* With this addictions certificate, you can receive an education that has the potential to help others.

Purdue Global’s Graduate Certificate in Addictions is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue employment or career advancement as an addiction professional. Courses in this addictions certificate program focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.

At this time, residents of Missouri may not enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Addictions program.

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NASAC Accredited

This program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).

Students who complete the program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination.

Graduate Certificate in Addictions Program Highlights

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Apply contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations, and engage in research in the focal areas of the science of psychology
  • Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to develop appropriate professional practice strategies
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psychology
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Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Purdue Global. We’ll work with you to find a program that fits your schedule so that you may reach your career goals on your terms.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

A graduate certificate from Purdue Global could help you pursue a number of careers in the field of addiction counseling and treatment. Work settings may include:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Behavioral health centers
  • Detox centers

Please note, the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum focuses on the principles of addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, and how to apply them to guide clients toward recovery. You will also complete a practicum experience. Courses include:

  • Ethics for Addictions Professionals
  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Addictions Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits40
  • Total Credits40

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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*Source: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, “What is Addiction?”,

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Although certain programs at Purdue Global are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.