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    • ​​​​​​​Earn your 13-unit Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate entirely online.

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Weekly Online Info Sessions

Questions about our programs? Join the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences for weekly online info sessions on Wednesdays from 6-7 PM (Pacific).

At a Glance

  • 1-year (full-time), fully online program
  • Completion of 13 academic units
  • 200 hours of clinical field work
  • Faculty mentoring and support available
  • Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning, respect for all persons, and compassionate whole person care


The drug and alcohol counseling certificate program prepares master's- and doctoral-level professionals to:

  • Effectively counsel substance abusing and addicted adults and their families.
  • Provide coursework and expert consultation on practice in a convenient online environment.
  • Become certified in substance abuse treatment by select national organizations such as:
    • NAADAC: the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
    • CCAPP: the Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC)
    • AAHCPAD: the Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)
  • As applicable, allow hours of experience to be accrued concurrently to meet BBS, AAMFT, and other certifying organization requirements.

Students enrolled in the MS MFT or MS Counseling programs within the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences are able to graduate with this certificate by adding 4 units of practicum to their program of study.

The drug and alcohol counseling certificate program at Loma Linda University has graduated substance use/abuse treatment professionals for twenty years. This 100% online program has continually been refined to stay current with advancements in the field. Our alumni are drug and alcohol counselors working in outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment settings, for-profit and non-profit organizations, specialty private practices, and developers of their own substance abuse treatment programs.

Curriculum and Timeline

The program is 13 quarter units and anticipated to be completed in one year with full-time enrollment. The 100% online program consists of both synchronous and asynchronous content. Each practicum course is synchronous--students and the professor meet via Zoom for two consecutive hours every other week during the quarter (5 meetings each quarter). All other courses are asynchronous--students and the professor remain in consistent contact but there are no required meeting times. The program is available online only and is authorized in these states.

Fall Winter Spring Summer
  • MFAM 654 Practicum in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (1 unit)
  • COUN/MFAM 638 Family Therapy & Chemical Abuse (3 units)
  • MFAM 654 Practicum in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (1 unit)
  • MFAM 645 Advanced Substance Abuse Strategies (3 units)
  • MFAM 654 Practicum in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (1 unit)
  • RELX 5xx One religion course (3 units)
  • MFAM 654 Practicum in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (1 unit)

Additional requirements: 200 hours of clinical field work.

Course Schedule Course Descriptions

Approximate Cost

  • Non-practicum courses: $845/unit for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Practicum courses: $150/unit.
  • Cost of books vary but students may expect to invest a minimum of $100/quarter on textbooks.


Applications are accepted for fall quarter enrollment only. Each application is assessed at the time of completion. 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 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 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 counseling certificate into their clinical work, and how the applicant will contribute to their profession and the addiction-treatment field by completing the certificate.
  • Three letters of reference are required.
  • An interview by the coordinator is required. This interview may be completed via Zoom.

Admissions FAQ

Contact Information and Application

For further details and additional information about the Drug and Alcohol Certificate, please contact the program director, Randall Walker, MS, LMFT, at or 909-558-9568.

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