Alcohol and other drug abuse is one of the most pervasive and persistent health problems in the nation. It affects people in all walks of life, from all backgrounds and across all economic and social boundaries.

The University Of South Dakota Department Of Addiction Studies provides a quality student-focused addiction and prevention education. The ADS curriculum is accessible to students from across the state, region and beyond. Students, in partnership with faculty, become a community of active individuals who are accountable for their own education experience. We encourage a learning environment that promotes critical thinking and facilitates respect and caring. We provide experiences with a diverse population to foster cultural competency and opportunities to develop professional accountability and an appreciation for lifelong learning. Professional and community partnerships assist in promoting development of self-awareness and an understanding of the healthcare team.

For over 40 years we have been a national leader in offering addiction, co-occurring, and prevention education that emphasizes state-of-the art, evidence-based approaches to addiction - giving students the skills and knowledge they need to meet the changing needs of the clients and the communities they live in.

Extraordinary Education

  • Our faculty members have more than 200 years of experience, they present at state and national conferences, serve on the boards of regional and national organizations, and are members of national honor societies.
  • All of our on campus and online instructors hold state and national certifications and licenses.
  • Our students consistently exceed the national average on board certification exams.
  • Our curriculum exceeds national standards.
  • We infuse co-occurring knowledge throughout the curriculum.
  • Students can choose a Treatment or Prevention emphasis within the curriculum.
  • Students gain "real world" experience working in treatment and/or prevention facilities.