Program Description

The Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate is a fully-online certificate program offered by the School of Behavioral Health in the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences. It offers curriculum and experience for master's and doctoral level professionals which partially meets requirements for certification by national certification organizations.

It is possible to integrate certificate requirements into the existing marital and family therapy and counseling curricula. It also allows hours of experience to be accrued concurrently to meet Board of Behavioral Examiners (BBS), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and other certifying organization requirements.

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Program Length

1 Year

Possible Careers

Candidates who successfully complete certificate requirements find employment in a variety of settings, including County departments of Mental/Behavioral Health, non-profit social service agencies, as well as private practice settings.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

At this time, applications are accepted from 29 states in the United States. Please check here to see if your state is included. Applicants must:

Hold a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health or a closely related field from an accredited university. Students enrolled in the MS MFT and MS Counseling programs may apply and complete the drug and alcohol counseling certificate during their master’s program. Applicants who are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the time of application to the program must be in good standing.

Along with the Loma Linda University application, an application essay stating how the applicant will integrate the drug and alcohol certificate into their clinical work, and how the applicant will contribute to their profession and the addiction-treatment field by completing the certificate.

Two letters of reference are required.

An interview by the coordinator is required. This interview may be completed via Zoom.


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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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 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1
Books & Supplies$200
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1
Months enrolled9
Room & Board$11,655
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.