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.
Students in the Addiction Studies program can attend full or part-time.
Addiction studies classes may be offered at the Madison South campus.
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 2023-2024 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
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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.
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All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
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
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
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.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
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 Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 16 26 27 Number of Surveys Sent 16 26 27 Number of Surveys Returned 6 19 24 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 5 15 13 Percent Available for Employment 83.30% 78.90% 68.40% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 16.70% 21.10% 57.90% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 4 14 12 Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 93.30% 92.30% Employed in Related Occupation 3 9 6 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 64.30% 50.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 5 6 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 35.70% 50.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 1 1 Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 6.70% 7.70% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 19 19 Very Satisfied (4) 3 12 11 Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 63.20% 57.90% Satisfied (3) 3 6 8 Percent Satisfied 50.00% 31.60% 42.10% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 5.30% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 6 19 24 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 7 3 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 16.70% 36.80% 12.50% Career Change 3 4 5 Percent Career Change 50.00% 21.10% 20.80% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 4 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 10.50% 16.70% Preparation for Further Education 1 5 9 Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.70% 26.30% 37.50% Personal Interest 1 1 3 Percent Personal Interest 16.70% 5.30% 12.50% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 14 12 Before Enrollment 1 5 5 Percent Before Enrollment 25.00% 35.70% 41.70% While Attending the College 1 6 1 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 42.90% 8.30% After Training at the College 2 3 6 Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 21.40% 50.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 3 14 11 In College District 3 14 11 Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 8 5 Average Monthly Wage $3,272 $4,028 $3,353 Average Hourly Wage $19.03 $23.42 $19.50 Average Work Hours per Week 40 42.5 46 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0 0 1 Average Hourly Wage $15.00 Average Work Hours per Week 10 20 5
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Allied Wellness Center Program Manager ARC Community Services Substance Abuse Counselor-In-Training Mendota Mental Health Institute Operations Program Associate My Choice Wisconsin Administrative Assistant Safe Communities Peer Specialist Sunshine Place Housing Navagation Specilaist Sun Prairie
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There are 27 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $40,236.
Program Number: 305201
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
100% In Person
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
24 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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