School of Human and Protective Services

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Madison WI 53704

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Addiction Studies

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 305201


The 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 - Downtown (through Spring 2019)
  • Madison - South (starting Fall 2019)

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

Choose one of the following courses: Note: Introduction to Psychology, 20809231 is a pre-requisite to Developmental Psychology, 20809233 and Abnormal Psychology, 20809237.)


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.

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

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