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  • Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders


    Drexel’s accredited online Certificate in Substance Use Disorders provides health care professionals with a comprehensive foundation in the etiology of substance use, the bio-psycho-social nature of addiction, and new cognitive therapies.

    The program promotes the use of both prevention and treatment through integrated remedies and was designed for students with bachelor's degrees in psychology, social work, nursing, or other allied health professions who want to acquire a higher level of expertise in substance use disorders treatment.

    Program Features

    • Students develop advanced evidence-based treatment competencies and comprehensive knowledge of the bio-psycho-social dynamics of substance use
    • Includes educational training hours to either obtain or maintain a credential as a drug/alcohol counseling professional
    • Addresses the $600 billion in annual costs related to crime, productivity and health care caused by substance abuse

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
    BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
    BACS 540Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
    BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
    BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
    BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
    • Clinical experience is recommended, but not required

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Resume highlighting continued professional development
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit)

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders

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