Addiction Studies



75% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $39,264.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 305201

Credits: 24

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,384.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 - South (starting Fall 2019)

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


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 Madison College. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates2416
    Number of Surveys Sent2416
    Number of Surveys Returned236
    Percent of Surveys Returned100.0%75.0%37.5%
    Available for Employment135
    Percent Available for Employment50.0%100.0%83.3%
    Not in Labor Market101
    Percent Not in Labor Market50.0%0.0%16.7%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed124
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%66.7%80.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation023
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation0.0%100.0%75.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation101
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation100.0%0.0%25.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment011
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%33.3%20.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)433.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses236
    Very Satisfied (4)223
    Percent Very Satisfied100.0%66.7%50.0%
    Satisfied (3)003
    Percent Satisfied0.0%0.0%50.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)010
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%33.3%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses236
    Preparation for Getting a Job011
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.0%33.3%16.7%
    Career Change103
    Percent Career Change50.0%0.0%50.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills010
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%33.3%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education111
    Percent Preparation for Further Education50.0%33.3%16.7%
    Personal Interest001
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%16.7%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses124
    Before Enrollment101
    Percent Before Enrollment100.0%0.0%25.0%
    While Attending the College011
    Percent While Attending the College0.0%50.0%25.0%
    After Training at the College012
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%50.0%50.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses124
    In College District113
    Percent In College District100.0%50.0%75.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District011
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%50.0%25.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count22
    Average Monthly Wage$4,538$3,272
    Average Hourly Wage$26.39$19.03
    Average Work Hours per Week40.040.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count0
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week10.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Attic Correctional Services Substance Abuse Counselor Baraboo
    Dodge County Psychiatric Therapist Juneau

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