Program Description

The Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) Associate Degree program is designed for individuals interested in working with addiction issues. The SUDC profession is held to high ethical standards to inspire respect, trust and confidence. Conduct of employees in this field must never compromise their ability to fulfill their professional responsibilities. To succeed, skills and character must include: emotional stability, maturity, self-awareness, self-discipline and personal responsibility; a minimum of one year free of substance use-related problems; an interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity; strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Potential employment includes: substance abuse counseling, correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies. Program graduates are eligible for licensure in Wisconsin as Substance Abuse Counselors-In Training, qualifying for entry-level employment in a rewarding career.

Approximate Cost

$14,977
Tuition: $10760 , Books: $4217

Starting Salary

$35,443
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavior conduct
  • Document and maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines
  • Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families
  • Demonstrate case management skills
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Various community and social service agencies
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Courses

The Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) Associate Degree is a 60 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING 3.00
COUNSELING THEORY & TACTICS 3.00
UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00
METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK 3.00
GROUP COUNSELING METHODS 3.00
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES IN THE AGING POPULATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Third Term

BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO SUDC 1.00
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY 1.00
GENERAL BIOLOGY 4.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE DISORDERS 3.00
SUBSTANCE USE & FAMILY SYSTEMS 1.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER COUNSELING INTERNSHIP 5.00
PROFESSIONAL READINESS 1.00
SERVICE LEARNING FOR HUMAN SERVICES: INTRODUCTION AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 2.00
SERVICE LEARNING FOR HUMAN SERVICES: LEADERSHIP AND CREATING CHANGE ACTION PROJECT 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University-Global Campus B.S. in Human Services
Upper Iowa University Human Services
Upper Iowa University Human Services with SWTC
UW Green Bay Bachelor of Applied Studies-Integrative Leadership Studies
UW Milwaukee Community Engagement and Education (CEED)
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Stevens Point Family and Consumer Sciences-Child, Youth and Family Studies
UW Superior Social Work
Northland College Sociology and Social Justice
Cardinal Stritch University B.A. in Psychology

Additional Information

Field Experience/Internship Sites

Locally located internship sites cannot be guaranteed. Students may have to move or drive a distance in order to complete internship courses. Scheduled internship attendance days and times for which students must be available vary by agency. Program faculty select, assign, and maintain college contracts with internship sites.

Graduates

Graduates of the program will have the approved educational credential required by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for Substance Abuse Counselor.

All courses can be taken online for the Human Services AODA Associate Degree.

Successful completion of the Human Services AODA Associate degree may be exchanged for 500 hours of supervised experience of the 4,000 hours of work experience required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services for substance abuse counselor licensing.

Please Note

NTC's AODA Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training licensing criteria. However, NTC cannot confirm whether these programs meet licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure elsewhere will need to check with the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the program meets the requirement for licensure.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.