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Substance Use Disorder Counselor Treatment Training Program (SUDTTC)                Request Information



This program prepares individuals for careers in the addictions field. It is designed for:

  • Individuals working toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in acquiring Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) certification in the state of Utah.
  • Individuals with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in acquiring Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) licensure in the state of Utah.
  • Individuals who desire to launch a career in the addictions field with credibility and foundational knowledge
  • Para-professionals currently working in the addictions field who want to increase opportunities for career advancement
  • Para-professionals seeking a career change to positions in the addictions field.

Upon successful completion of the courses, individuals should be able to:

  • Demonstrate culturally competent practice for work in all cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the scope of practice as defined by law.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of the 12 Core Functions.
  • Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the causes, prevalence, and treatment of substance abuse, including prevention and recovery.
  • Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the pharmacology of drugs and alcohol, including the neurochemical and biological effects on the human body.
  • Function effectively within the structure of organizations and across service delivery systems using a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Practice within the values and ethics of the professional NAADAC and NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Obtain state licensure as mandated by State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Undergraduate-level certificate

Eligibility Requirements
SUDC Track – associate degree or bachelor’s degree in progress or completed.
ASUDC Track – bachelor’s degree in progress or completed.

Certificate Completion Requirements
Students must complete all classes with a C- or better.

Introductory Courses
FCS 1500 Lifespan Human Development (3) OR SW 2100 Human Behavior & Social Environment (3)
PSY 1010 General Psychology (3)

Core Courses
SW 2715 Dynamics of Addiction (2)
SW 3716 Intro to Prof Development (2)
SW 3725 Intro to Neurochem (2)
SW 3731 Counseling Practice I (2)
SW 3732 Counseling Practice II (2)
SW 5711 Functions & Recovery (2)

SUDC Courses
SW 5706 Field Training (2)

ASUDC Courses
SW 5723 Adv Prof Development (2) Summer only
SW 5733 Counseling Practice III (2) Summer only
SW 5734 Counseling Practice IV (2) Summer only
SW 5707 Adv Field Training (2)

Field Training
SUDC Track—200-hour practicum
ASUDC Track—350-hour practicum

Average Time to Complete
SUDC Track—in as little as 2 semesters
ASUDC track—in as little as 3 semesters

What’s the difference between a Substance Use Disorder Counselor and an Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor?

SUDC Scope of Practice

  • Administer screening process by which a client is determined to need substance use disorder services which may include screening, brief intervention, and treatment referral.
  • Conducts assessment procedures to gather information related to an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, needs, and substance use disorder symptoms for the development of a treatment plan.
  • Participation in the process of treatment planning including recommending specific interventions to support existing treatment goals and objectives.
  • Other activities as outlined in Utah Code 58-60-502(10)(b).
  • Practice under general supervision of qualified mental health therapist (MHT).

ASUDC Scope of Practice—All things a SUDC can do plus

  • Identify substance use disorder symptoms and behaviors and co-occurring health issues.
  • Treatment planning for substance use disorders diagnosed by MHT.
  • Qualified to supervise SUDC as they gather hrs. of supervised experience.

Can anyone register for courses in the SUDTTC program?

Only students admitted to the SUDTTC program may take Core courses, with the exception of SW 2715 Dynamics of Addiction, which is open to all UOnline students.

Do I have to take the SUDTTC program courses in sequential order?

Introductory and Core courses can be taken in any order.
Field Training courses (SW 5706/SW 5707 and SWC 5711) must be taken in the final semester of the program.
ASUDC courses (SW 5723, 5733, and 5734) are offered in summer semesters only and have prerequisites.
Contact an advisor for more information.

Does completing the SUDTTC program mean that I’m licensed?

No, only a verification of completion from the College of Social Work at the University of Utah is provided to individuals following successful completion of the program.

A license to practice as a SUDC or ASUDC will be provided by the licensing entity in your state. In Utah, SUDC and ASUDC licenses are awarded by the State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

  • Signal credibility and integrity: Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) certification demonstrates a deep knowledge and commitment to ethical, professional and competent practice with varied populations in the addictions field.
  • Make an impact on society: Solve problems, help clients—individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities achieve their goals, and serve as trusted practitioner.
  • Employment security in a growing Field: The substance use disorder counselor career path is expected to grow substantially in the coming years. According to United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation—social service workers is expected to grow 23%, much faster than the average for all occupations. With a rising demand for substance abuse treatment, job opportunities are good.

*Effective Fall 2024. Subject to change without notice.

New students enrolling in UOnline beginning Fall 2024 may be able to apply university employee tuition reduction in some situations. For more information please email us at

How to Apply for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate (SUDTTC) Program

Please note it can take up to 8 weeks after the deadline for admissions decisions to be made.

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Last Updated: 6/20/24