Minnesota-based Bethel University is the largest institution in the 13-member Christian College Consortium. Bethel's College of Adult and Professional Studies offers an online addictions studies certificate. The program reflects a Christian worldview, emphasizing applied research and evidence-based practice in addiction treatment.
Online learners can complete the 18-credit certificate in as few as eight months. Classes are six weeks long and include counseling microskills, introduction to addictions counseling, pharmacology of addictions, assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, and professional practice issues and ethics.
The addiction studies certificate program includes the coursework needed to meet Minnesota State Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy education requirements for licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor. Bethel also offers a 26-credit alcohol and drug counseling certificate that includes the required coursework and internship hours needed for state licensure. Applicants to both programs must have earned at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution and completed two years of work experience.
Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.