Alcohol and Drug Studies

Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate Program


Saddleback College Alcohol and Drug Treatment Certificate Program Philosophy  (Rev. 2020)

Our philosophy of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Certificate track is conditioned upon the premise that education is an integral aspect of effectively addressing and treating the complex issues related to a continuum of substance use disorders. Our collective educational approach is based on holistic, evidenced-based, and recovery model perspectives.

Alcohol and Drug Studies certificate program integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population, as well as with families and employers of chemically dependent persons. This program option combines the Human Services behavioral core, skills training, and experiential learning in the field work settings.

The completion of the Core Courses is required for eligibility of enrollment in HS 110 and is required for the completion of the Certificate Programs. It is recommended that these courses be taken as early as possible.

A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate multiple approaches in their work with the alcohol and drug abuse population.
  • Apply various communication and collaborative techniques to use with families and employers of chemically dependent individuals.
  • Use Human Services behavioral core, skills training and experiential learning in fieldwork settings.



Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.


Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office