Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The Human Services Department offers a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse to provide education to individuals who wish to become certified in the substance abuse counseling profession, but who do not wish to complete a formal degree program. On completion of the required 15 semester hours of courses, students may take the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) exam through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA). Students seeking admission to this certificate must have a two-year history of sobriety and an undergraduate degree in social work or behavioral science.

Grading Policy

Students must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course (grades of B- or lower will not be accepted).


Required Courses 1
HMS 514Staff Development and Supervision3
HMS 525Alcoholism and Substance Abuse3
HMS 527Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
HMS 528Dual Diagnosis and Relapse Prevention3
HMS 550Internship3
Total Hours15

Prerequisite course for this certificate program is a lifespan or human development course