Graduate Certificate in Addictions
Description and Outcomes
The Graduate Certificate in Addictions program is designed to provide you with the requisite knowledge to pursue employment and career advancement as an addiction professional. Courses focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Purdue Global degree programs.
The Graduate Certificate in Addictions program consists of a minimum of 40 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
Apply contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations, and engage in research in the focal area(s) of the science of psychology.
Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to arrive at appropriate professional practice strategies. Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psychology.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
You must pass a criminal background check.
You may not use credits for prior learning to fulfill any requirements in the Graduate Certificate in Addictions program. All courses must be completed at Purdue Global.
You should be aware that health care organizations may have specific requirements regarding vaccination against communicable diseases including COVID and Influenza. Failure to comply with requirements could interfere with the opportunity to complete a required practicum, fieldwork, or internship experience, may delay graduation or lead to an inability to complete your program, and could impact future employment opportunities.
If you are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Addictions, you will take PS535 Addictions Practicum I and PS536 Addictions Practicum II. If you feel that you may not be able to complete the PS535 Addictions Practicum I prescribed requirements in 10 weeks, you must contact the Clinical Placement Team in order to receive an extension in the course. If an extension is granted, you will enroll in PS559 Practicum Field Placement Extension, which will allow you 10 extra weeks to complete the requirements of PS535 Addictions Practicum I. Enrollment in this course will only be granted at the discretion of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
If you feel that you may not be able to complete the PS536 Addictions Practicum II prescribed requirements in 10 weeks, you must contact the Clinical Placement Team in order to gain an extension in the course. If an extension is granted, you will enroll in PS559 Practicum Field Placement Extension, which will allow you 10 extra weeks to complete the requirements of PS536 Addictions Practicum II. Enrollment in this course will only be granted at the discretion of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
If you enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Addictions program, you will have all course-level prerequisites waived.
You are responsible for participating in locating, selecting, and obtaining an agreement with an appropriate site that best fits your location preferences and meets program requirements. You are required to speak with the Clinical Placement Team to determine your exact responsibilities and process for site selection.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation. Prospective and current students must review Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications site to view program and state-specific licensure information.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, and meeting other certification requirements.
The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in Purdue Global's Graduate Certificate in Addictions program do not guarantee or prepare you for state licensure in any state upon graduation.
The Graduate Certificate in Addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). The NASAC can be contacted at:
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
The NAADAC (Association for Addiction Professionals) has designated Purdue Global as an Approved Education Provider for meeting nationally approved standards for the addiction counseling profession. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Addictions will meet the coursework requirements to take NAADAC’s Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination.
Note that additional requirements must also be completed to take the MAC examination, including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements. Refer to http://www.naadac.org/ncc-ap for full eligibility requirements.
The NAADAC can be contacted at:
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314