Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 15
  • $315.00
  • $504.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Graduate Certificate allows clinical mental health counseling students and mental health professionals to gain the education necessary to hold licensure in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. This program trains students to treat a wide variety of patients from a holistic standpoint.

Graduates of the program gain: 

  • A credential accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), which verifies the quality standard of instruction.
  • An understanding of theories of addiction and addictive behaviors. 
  • The ability to apply individual and group counseling theories, assessments and interview skills to address client concerns. 
  • A culturally diverse perspective of addiction counseling and have the ability to apply the ethical standards of the profession. 
  • The necessary education to hold an Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure.

Students complete an internship which is coordinated in a location-specific to the student. Students gain clinical experience.

Career Outlook: Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing epidemic that requires licensed specialists in the field. The state of Nebraska has identified a need for more rural behavioral healthcare, according to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and the Nebraska State Legislature. On a national scale, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Substance Abuse Counselors will see a 31 percent job growth rate through 2022, which is much faster than the national average. 

There is a shortage of alcohol and drug counselors who are dually licensed. Therefore, this program opens up opportunities in a variety of settings including:  

  • Hospital settings
  • Treatment settings
  • Health care facilities
  • Private practice

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.