Program Description

The Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate program is a 100% online, post-baccalaureate program designed to further master’s-level behavioral health professionals’ practical knowledge in addressing the needs of substance abusing and addicted adults and their families. The certificate is specifically targeted toward individuals pursuing licensure or already licensed as mental health professionals. Thirteen quarter units (nine academic units and four practicum units) are taken over four quarters. Students complete 200 hours of supervised field experience in an acceptable treatment setting. Courses are offered as a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous formats, which is especially convenient for working adults. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Program Length

One year (12 months) or four quarters

Possible Careers

Graduates may find employment as addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment settings. With the appropriate licensure, qualified individuals may work in private practice settings. 

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Winter of 2021 Aug 26, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Nov 20, 2020
Spring of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Feb 19, 2021
Summer of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Mar 1, 2021 Apr 30, 2021
Autumn of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Dec 1, 2020 Apr 30, 2021

Admissions Requirements

  • A University application (including students currently enrolled in another program at Loma Linda University). Must meet all requirements for application prior to admission into the certificate program.
  • An essay (part of University application) describing how applicant will integrate drug and alcohol counseling certificate into work as a behavioral health professional as well as contributions applicant anticipates making to the substance use treatment field.
  • An interview, conducted either face-to-face or online via Zoom, with the program director.


A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Enrollment in or completion of a master's degree in a behavioral health-related discipline.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2020-2021

Year of Program: Year 1
Tuition $10,985
Fees $2,700
Books & Supplies $705
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $14,390


Expected costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1
Months enrolled 9
Room & Board $12,645
Transportation $2,880
Personal Expenses $2,070


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.