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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 diploma in 1 year
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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 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 2024-2025 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.

    Required Courses
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    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.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    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.

    Additional Notes

    • 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.

    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.

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  • 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

      Number of Program Graduates162627
      Number of Surveys Sent162627
      Number of Surveys Returned61924
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment51513
      Percent Available for Employment83.30%78.90%68.40%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market16.70%21.10%57.90%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed41412
      Percent of Graduates Employed80.00%93.30%92.30%
      Employed in Related Occupation396
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%64.30%50.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation156
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%35.70%50.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment111
      Percent Seeking Employment20.00%6.70%7.70%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses61919
      Very Satisfied (4)31211
      Percent Very Satisfied50.00%63.20%57.90%
      Satisfied (3)368
      Percent Satisfied50.00%31.60%42.10%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)010
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%5.30%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses61924
      Preparation for Getting a Job173
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job16.70%36.80%12.50%
      Career Change345
      Percent Career Change50.00%21.10%20.80%
      Improvement of Existing Skills024
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%10.50%16.70%
      Preparation for Further Education159
      Percent Preparation for Further Education16.70%26.30%37.50%
      Personal Interest113
      Percent Personal Interest16.70%5.30%12.50%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses41412
      Before Enrollment155
      Percent Before Enrollment25.00%35.70%41.70%
      While Attending the College161
      Percent While Attending the College25.00%42.90%8.30%
      After Training at the College236
      Percent After Training at the College50.00%21.40%50.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses31411
      In College District31411
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count285
      Average Monthly Wage$3,272$4,028$3,353
      Average Hourly Wage$19.03$23.42$19.50
      Average Work Hours per Week4042.546
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count001
      Average Hourly Wage$15.00
      Average Work Hours per Week10205
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Allied Wellness CenterProgram Manager
      ARC Community ServicesSubstance Abuse Counselor-In-Training
      Mendota Mental Health InstituteOperations Program Associate
      My Choice WisconsinAdministrative Assistant
      Safe CommunitiesPeer Specialist
      Sunshine PlaceHousing Navagation SpecilaistSun Prairie

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