Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Degree Type

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January / June

How You'll Learn


8-Week Courses

Please note, a caregiver background check ($10) is required before placement in your practicum course.

Acceptance into the program will not be denied based on a criminal background, but certain offenses may prevent you from being able to find a placement and graduate from this program. If you are currently on probation/parole, you may not be eligible for placement.

Prepare to work with people experiencing substance use disorders by developing skills in counseling, addiction assessment, case management/treatment planning, group facilitation, trauma-informed care and crisis management.

The safety and well-being of our students is very important to us. If you are recently in recovery from addiction, please contact instructor Lisa Walz prior to entering this program.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 8, 2024

Summer 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: June 3, 2024

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet
  • Caregiver background check (required annually): $10
  • Other health requirements may apply depending on practicum placement

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
      • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
      • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
      • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
      • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

If you enjoy helping others solve problems, are detail oriented and a good listener, a career in the field of substance use disorder counseling may be right for you. Those in this profession should hold high ethical standards and demonstrate maturity, self-awareness and an appreciation of diverse perspectives.

  • Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC)
  • Recovery Support Specialist
  • Addictions Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Treatment Specialist

Find additional human services career information at the National Human Services Organization.

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Please note:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate in practicum placements. These begin in the first semester of the second year of the program.

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Salary data not yet available

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Please note that some internship sites require compliance with various COVID-19 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Required protocols and measures may include, but are not limited to, receipt of COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

What Makes This Program Unique?


This hybrid, cohort-based program meets one night per week during the evening.


This program provides a foundation in psychology, sociology, social work, counseling and case management with a specific focus on substance use disorders.


Get hands-on, real-world experience in an occupational setting through clinical coursework.

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

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