Human Services – Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Program Description

The Alcohol & Drug Counseling Program prepares students for a career in the addiction and recovering profession. We train students to work in Treatment Centers and community agencies; helping individuals overcome addiction and the challenges involved in recovery. This certificate is for students who have already earned an associates degree or higher or who seek to earn their Alcohol & Drug Counseling License.

You will study the physical, mental, and social aspects of alcohol and drug use and dependency.

Courses in this certificate program meet requirements for the education required for Alcohol & Drug Counseling License for the State of Nebraska and prepares students to take the Nebraska credentialing exam and become provisionally licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Below are required courses for the program. Please contact Michelle Hawco, Program Chair with questions. | 402-437-2746

Awards Offered: Certificate
Locations: Lincoln
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$2,808 Certificate

You can start the Alcohol & Drug Certificate program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

You’re a Good Fit

You are a good fit for the Alcohol & Drug Certificate if you:

  • If you have been clean/sober for a minimum of 3 years.
  • If you already have a 2- or 4-year degree or
  • If you have worked in the Treatment profession


We will prepare you to be a vital member of an individual’s journey to sobriety as an alcohol and drug counselor. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in the profession. Recent Alcohol & Drug Certificate program graduates report an average starting salary of $37,856.

Careers include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor


Curriculum is approved by the State of Nebraska, Department of Behavioral Health.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution:

Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact