Program Description

The Loma Linda University Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate Program is a 100% online, post-baccalaureate  program designed to further masters'-level behavioral health professionals' practical knowledge in addressing the needs of substance abusing individuals and their families. The certificate specifically targets individuals pursuing licensure or licensed as a mental health professional. The certificate opens the possibility for additional national credentials. Thirteen quarter units (nine academic units plus four practicum units) are taken over four quarters. Most courses are offered in asynchronous formats, which is especially convenient for working adults (Practicums  are synchronous courses). Students complete 200 hours of supervised field experience in an acceptable treatment setting. Applications are accepted throughout the year for starts in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. 

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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
Autumn of 2020 Sep 1, 2019 Dec 1, 2019 Jul 31, 2020

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 masters' degree in a behavioral health-related discipline. 

Discipline Accrediting Agency


State Accrediting Agency

WASC Senior College and University Commission
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.