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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 2022-2023 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
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    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

    Spring 2023 

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    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

    Students must submit official transcripts for 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
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    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.

  • 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

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 4 16 26
      Number of Surveys Sent 4 16 26
      Number of Surveys Returned 3 6 19
      Percent of Surveys Returned 75.00% 37.50% 73.10%
      Available for Employment 3 5 15
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 83.30% 78.90%
      Not in Labor Market 0 1 4
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 16.70% 21.10%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 2 4 14
      Percent of Graduates Employed 66.70% 80.00% 93.30%
      Employed in Related Occupation 2 3 9
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 75.00% 64.30%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 5
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 25.00% 35.70%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 33.30% 20.00% 6.70%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.5 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 6 19
      Very Satisfied (4) 2 3 12
      Percent Very Satisfied 66.70% 50.00% 63.20%
      Satisfied (3) 0 3 6
      Percent Satisfied 0.00% 50.00% 31.60%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 33.30% 0.00% 5.30%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 6 19
      Preparation for Getting a Job 1 1 7
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 16.70% 36.80%
      Career Change 0 3 4
      Percent Career Change 0.00% 50.00% 21.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 2
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 33.30% 0.00% 10.50%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 5
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 33.30% 16.70% 26.30%
      Personal Interest 0 1 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 16.70% 5.30%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 4 14
      Before Enrollment 0 1 5
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 25.00% 35.70%
      While Attending the College 1 1 6
      Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 25.00% 42.90%
      After Training at the College 1 2 3
      Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 50.00% 21.40%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 2 4 14
      In College District 1 3 14
      Percent In College District 50.00% 75.00% 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 50.00% 25.00% 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 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 2 8
      Average Monthly Wage $4,538 $3,272 $4,028
      Average Hourly Wage $26.39 $19.03 $23.42
      Average Work Hours per Week 40 40 42.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0 0
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week 10 20
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      ARC Community Services Program Coordinator
      Attic Correctional Services Substance Abuse Counselor
      Dept Of Health Services - Mendota Mental Health Institute Social Worker
      Focus Counseling Support Specialist
      Madison College Student Support Specialist
      Madison Metropolitan School District Tutor Coordinator
      Madison Metropolitan School District School Social Worker
      Tellurian Human Services Specialist

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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