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Substance Abuse Studies Certificate

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The Substance Abuse Studies Certificate program examines the causes and effects of substance abuse, resources available to manage substance abuse problems, and treatment strategies for substance abusers. The certificate program offers all of the necessary continuing education coursework required for several types of certification through the Florida Certification Board (FCB) (e.g., certified addictions specialist, certified addictions counselor, certified addictions professional, or certified criminal justice addictions specialist), and Nova Southeastern University is recognized as a single-source provider of continuing education programs by the FCB. In addition to this coursework, students interested in acquiring state certification in the addictions treatment area will also need to meet other requirements, including specific degree requirements for some types of certification, supervised work experience with substance abusers, and passage of a state certification exam. These additional requirements are not part of the Substance Abuse Studies Certificate program. For specific information about types of state certification, state certification requirements in the addictions treatment area, and the state certification examination, students are referred to the Florida Certification Board's website:

The certificate program is designed so that interested applicants may pursue the continuing education coursework needed for certification without interrupting their current careers. This coursework is mainly offered in the evening, but may also be available online and during the day. The substance abuse studies certificate includes one introductory, six core, and two counseling courses.

For degree-seeking students who are also interested in seeking this certificate, the certificate program can be combined with any major and minor except the substance abuse studies minor and the APS major with a concentration in substance abuse studies. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the certificate program and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Students pursuing a Substance Abuse Studies Certificate are required to participate in an exit interview and post-testing session prior to conferral of the certificate.

Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program Learning Outcomes:
A successful substance abuse studies certificate program graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of substance abuse and dependence;
  2. Discuss effects of substance abuse on individuals, interpersonal relationships, and society;
  3. Explain current education, prevention, and intervention strategies designed to help those impacted by, at risk of, and with substance abuse disorders;
  4. Demonstrate basic documentation, treatment planning, and communication skills useful in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse disorders.

Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Requirements (27 credits)

PSYC 1020 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 1020H Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)
PSYC 3550 Substance Abuse and the Family (3 credits)
PSYC 3570 Psychology and Physiology of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
PSYC 3580 Rehabilitation Strategies for Substance Abuse (3 credits)
PSYC 3600 Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
PSYC 3620 Drug Prevention and Education (3 credits)
PSYC 3630 Ethical and Professional Developments (3 credits)
PSYC 3800 Current Psychotherapies (3 credits)
PSYC 4150 Group Counseling in Substance Abuse (3 credits)

Additional Information

Labor Statistics for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Labor Statistics for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

2013-2014 Certificate Program Costs, Financing, and Success Information

Tuition and fees include:

New Student Application Fee = $50
Tuition $675 x 24 credits = $16,200
Registration Fee = $50
Student Service Fee = $600


The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2013-2014 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.