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Become an Addiction Counselor or Prevention Specialist to respond to the public health threat of addiction.

USD has been a national leader in addiction counseling and prevention education for over 45 years. Our graduates consistently exceed the national average on board certification exams. Students with an Addiction Counseling and Prevention degree, online certificate or minor meet a growing need for professionals in a variety of settings: detoxification, inpatient and outpatient care facilities, transitional living, correctional facilities and prevention education programs.

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  • Leah Hoffman 30 under 30

    "Despite being an online student, I felt very engaged with the USD campus."

  • Kelsey Barrett running

    Addiction studies graduate Kelsey Barrett was featured in the latest issue of The South Dakotan Health magazine.

  • Project ECHO is a videoconferencing, case-based learning platform that can feed a knowledge-sharing network. USD health care experts from the Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention utilizes ECHO technologies to train addiction counselors from around South Dakota using a pain assessment curriculum.