Get Your Addiction Studies Certificate Online

Addiction Counselor Training for Only $6,000/year

"The reward of faith-based higher education will be beyond your expectations. God will utilize it throughout your life to touch others for eternity."

The most affordable online Christian Addiction Studies Certificate in America.

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Sharon Lockwood
Mission Program Director

Looking for a new career where you can help people break free from addiction, and transform lives for Christ?

Get prepared to be licensed as a Certified Addiction Counselor.
Our 8-week online courses start 5 times/year and combine the benefits of on-site experience with the convenience of distance learning.

Tamiko Cuellar
Founder, Smart Minds Tutoring

"The affordable tuition was...appealing since the [Pell] grant covered all of my tuition costs..." 



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Graduates will have completed the formal education requirements to be licensed as a Certified Addiction Counselor (SOC 21-1011in most states. They will understand the 12 Core Functions of an addiction counselor, including screening, intake, assessment, treatment planning, and aftercare. Graduation does not guarantee licensure, and there will likely be on-site requirements as well - check with your state accrediting body for more details.

City Vision University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, and is an Approved Academic Education Partner for NAADAC, which means that its courses are approved for addiction counseling credit in most states.

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Program Outcomes

The program can be taken toward a Bachelor's degree (120 credits) or a certificate (30 credits). We accept transfer of up to 90 credits from any accredited college. Students can use our prior learning assessment program to apply for up to 30 credits for unaccredited ministry training and experience.

Students who complete the program will:

  • Understand the 12 core functions of addiction counselors to be academically prepared to become a certified addiction counselor. 
  • Understand and demonstrate the essential practices of addiction treatment including screening, intake, assessment, treatment planning and aftercare. (Core Functions 1-5)
  • Understand and use basic counseling skills such as effective listening, assessment, crisis intervention, group therapy and working with other professionals (Core Functions 6, 8, 12)
  • Understand and apply basic counseling professional practices includingethics, working with various client groups, case management and record keeping skills. (Core Functions 7, 10, 11)
  • Understand and apply understanding of other issues related to addiction recovery such a mental illness, family dynamics and sexual and spiritual issues. (Core Function 9)

Qualifying students can get their tuition fully covered by Pell grants. Students may also use Federal loans or GI Bill benefits. We provide a 25% discount to military/veterans and staff at Rescue Missions and Salvation Army and a 40% discount to ministry interns.

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