* Completion time may vary based on transfer credits and internship hours required.
The need for substance use counselors is growing. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, job openings in the field will rise by 22% over the 2021-2023 period. As the need for substance use counselors grows, standards for the profession are changing, too. In New York State, all counselors will soon need additional education to start or continue a career in this field.
With D’Youville University Online, you can gain the additional education you need to show employers you have the skills necessary to meet demand—and prepare to serve families and individuals in need of support.
We offer an online Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor track as part of our online BA in Psychology program. It’s also available as a stand-alone track for graduates of another health- or human services-related bachelor’s degree, such as:
This program combines online coursework that’s asynchronous—meaning no live classes you have to attend—with in-person internship experience that will help you hone your counseling skills in the real world.
As a graduate of our online training program, you’ll develop an understanding of how addiction impacts individuals, families, and society, and build professional skills for one-on-one, family, or group counseling.
In the program, you’ll complete eight theory courses, two practicum courses, and two internship experiences. Total hours in the field will vary depending on your previous experience. Most students will complete 1,200 total hours.
*Based on prior coursework and employment experience
The program is offered to:
Students who wish to pursue the program as part of our BA in Psychology completion program must meet general admission requirements for undergraduate education and submit the following:
Students who wish to pursue the program who already hold a bachelor’s degree must meet general admission requirements for undergraduate education and submit the following:
Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.
It’s possible that some students may qualify for a 10% employer discount on tuition. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.
|Tuition for stand-alone program with 10% employer discount applied||$355 per credit hour ($395 per credit without discount)||$12,780|
|Fees||$160 (full time)*||$320|
|Full Program Total||$13,100|
Our program can equip you for substance use counseling certification. Once certified, you can pursue counseling roles in long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, correctional/criminal justice settings, and more.
Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, you may also be able to pursue roles that involve managing substance use counseling programs.
Substance use counselors provide individual, family, and group services to people whose lives and relationships are impacted by alcoholism and drug addiction. As of May 2021, the median annual national salary for mental health counselors was $48,520.
Social and community service managers direct, plan, and oversee programs that serve public needs. They may be responsible for budgeting, human resource management, and quality control for their departments.
The U.S. BLS projects that job openings for social and community services managers will grow by 12% over the 2021-2031 period, much faster than the overall occupational job growth rate of 5%. 
While salaries vary by employer and job market, the overall median annual salary for health and human services managers was $74,000 as of May 2021.