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Addiction Studies
Program Number: 305201
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
24 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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  • Program Overview

    Our Addiction Studies technical diploma allows you to specialize in the knowledge, skills and competencies essential to the field of addiction and recovery. The diploma is a sequence of courses within the Human Services Associate Degree Program.

    This course sequence is approved by the Department of Safety and Professional Services in the State of Wisconsin to fulfill the 360 educational hour requirement necessary for licensure as a substance abuse counselor (SAC) or clinical substance abuse counselor (CSAC). During the program you will be able to apply for SAC-IT (substance abuse counselor in training) certification.

    The Addiction Studies courses introduce you to concepts in the field of substance use disorders and addiction counseling. It also emphasizes areas required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

    You will explore areas of assessment, case management, counseling, education and professional responsibility. You will also develop and apply the skills necessary to work in a variety of agency settings offering treatment and recovery services.

    Completion of the Addiction Studies Technical Diploma prepares you to provide evidence-based, ethical and culturally competent treatment and recovery services to diverse populations.

    Program Details:

    Students in the Addiction Studies program can attend full or part-time.

    Addiction studies classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - South


    Completion of the technical diploma offers students the opportunity to apply for licensure in the State of Wisconsin as a substance abuse counselor (SAC) or clinical substance abuse counselor (CSAC). Diploma graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of addiction and recovery including:

    • Case Manager
    • Intake Worker
    • Residential Treatment Attendant

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    1. Admissions Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Additional Education Requirement

    Submit official transcripts that demonstrate one of the following:

    • Completion of an associate degree or higher in a human-service related field
    • Active in an associate degree or higher in a human-service related field
    • In rare circumstances, additional experience and education may be considered. Contact the School of Human and Protective Services for more information.

    4. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Addiction Studies program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Develop and maintain supportive, strengths-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving for clients seeking recovery services.
    • Apply skills to the development of individualized care, treatment plans and interventions in individual, family and community settings.
    • Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
    • Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
    • Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
    • Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
    • Communicate clearly in written reports and maintain clinical records per agency and state requirements.
    • Demonstrate case management, referral and community educational skills in areas such as prevention, treatment and recovery information.
    • Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge, skills and strategies for people with addiction and mental health issues.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 2 4 16
      Number of Surveys Sent 2 4 16
      Number of Surveys Returned 2 3 6
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 1 3 5
      Percent Available for Employment 50.0% 100.0% 83.3%
      Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 50.0% 0.0% 16.7%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 1 2 4
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 66.7% 80.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 0 2 3
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 0.0% 100.0% 75.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 0 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 100.0% 0.0% 25.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 33.3% 20.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 3 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 2 3 6
      Very Satisfied (4) 2 2 3
      Percent Very Satisfied 100.0% 66.7% 50.0%
      Satisfied (3) 0 0 3
      Percent Satisfied 0.0% 0.0% 50.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 33.3% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 2 3 6
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 1 1
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.0% 33.3% 16.7%
      Career Change 1 0 3
      Percent Career Change 50.0% 0.0% 50.0%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 33.3% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 50.0% 33.3% 16.7%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 16.7%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 1 2 4
      Before Enrollment 1 0 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 100.0% 0.0% 25.0%
      While Attending the College 0 1 1
      Percent While Attending the College 0.0% 50.0% 25.0%
      After Training at the College 0 1 2
      Percent After Training at the College 0.0% 50.0% 50.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 1 2 4
      In College District 1 1 3
      Percent In College District 100.0% 50.0% 75.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 50.0% 25.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 2
      Average Monthly Wage $4,538 $3,272
      Average Hourly Wage $26.39 $19.03
      Average Work Hours per Week 40.0 40.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week 10.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      ASAP Addiction Services and Pharmacotherapy Substance Abuse Counselor In Training
      JustDane Resource Speacialst
      Verona Area School District Special Education Assistant Verona

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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