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Addiction Studies

Certificate Program
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Graduate School
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.


The curriculum for this certificate program is designed for both social work and non social work majors. It will equip practitioners in the assessment and treatment of addictions.  It will equip practitioners in the assessment and treatment of addictions.  The application of evidence based practice and the 12-step planned change process of recovery is the focus of the curriculum.

  • Admission Process


    Students may be admitted unconditionally, conditionally or as a non-degree-seeking student.

    Unconditional Admission Status:

    The student must:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate or 2.75 overall.
    • Be currently employed in healthcare.

    Conditional Admission Status:

    An applicant who fails to meet the GPA requirements for Unconditional Admission Status or whose background degree is from a college or university lacking appropriate accreditation, may be granted Conditional Admission Status after following the steps detailed in the ASU Graduate Bulletin.

    A student will not be considered for admission to a graduate program until such time as the student completes 12 graduate semester hours, has a minimum 3.00 GPA on those 12 hours, has no more than one course in the 12 hours with a grade of "C", and meets unconditional or program admission requirements.

    Admission as a Graduate Non-degree Student:

    This option is for those seeking personal development, or those fulfilling professional renewal requirements and are seeking a Graduate Certificate in one or more of the Program's specialty areas of study.

    Graduate School Admission Information

    You may apply online here.  The following must be submitted to the ASU Graduate Admissions at:

    ASU Graduate Admissions
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    • An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted)
    • A designated, non-refundable application fee of $30
    • A written documentation of measles and rubella immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with he selective service and an Affirmation Form is required.

    You may contact the ASU Graduate School Admissions at (870) 972-2031.  Students must meet all graduate school requirements.

  • Additional Information


    Core (18 credits)

    PSY 6533 Psychopathology
    SW 5323 Substance Abuse & Dependence Intervention
    COUN 6123 Group Dynamics
    PSY 6113 Theories & Techniques in Helping Relationships
    SW 5273 Practicum in AD Studies
    SW 5293 Practicum in AD Studies

    Electives: (3 credits)

    FIN 6813 Healthcare Finance
    NURS 6353 Budgeting and Financial Management

    Minimum credits required for this certificate: 21

  • Accreditations

    This program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.