Addiction Studies

Technical Diploma

Program number: 305201

Credits: 24

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,276.00
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.

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.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your 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

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm

Wisconsin TechConnect Connecting Skills with Jobs

  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates 2
    Number of Surveys Sent 2
    Number of Surveys Returned 2
    Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00%
    Available for Employment 1
    Percent Available for Employment 50.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 50.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 1
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 0
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 0.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 100.00%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 2
    Very Satisfied 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 100.00%
    Satisfied 0
    Percent Satisfied 0.00%
    Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 2
    Preparation for Getting a Job 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.00%
    Career Change 1
    Percent Career Change 50.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 50.00%
    Personal Interest 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 1
    Before Enrollment 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 100.00%
    While Attending the College 0
    Percent While Attending the College 0.00%
    After Training at the College 0
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 1
    In College District 1
    Percent In College District 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count
    Average Monthly Wage
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week


Related Programs