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Improve the Lives of Those Affected by Substance Use

Drug and alcohol addiction plagues not only the individual but also families and entire communities. Getting to the root cause of addiction can only serve to aid in the treatment and recovery programs. The Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Professional program at City University of Seattle is designed for master’s-level graduates who want to expand their knowledge and skills, taking a deeper dive into this critical field.

If you are a licensed professional, this program will provide additional certification, so you can better meet the needs of your clients. Classes are offered in an online, self-paced format to accommodate your busy schedule.

Chemical dependency professionals are in high demand in Washington State. As such, the Department of Health has approved an alternative educational track for master’s-level licensed professionals who are interested in additional certification as chemical dependency experts.

City University of Seattle has developed an innovative online certificate program, which will allow busy professionals to complete the required 15 college credits in a self-paced format.

The CityU Substance Use Disorder Professional certification has been designed for master’s level professionals who are motivated to better meet the complex needs of clients that have both substance use and mental health issues.

If you are already credentialed at the master’s level or higher, you may qualify to complete the alternative educational requirements for the Substance Use Disorder Professional certification.

Approved master’s degrees include:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Osteopathic physician
  • Osteopathic physician assistant
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social work

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Professional program, you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding the pharmacological properties and physiological effects of addictive substances
  • Apply current legal and ethical guidelines related to Substance Use Disorder in Washington State
  • Develop conceptual knowledge and practical skills to diagnose and treat substance abuse disorders



Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


City University of Seattle is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.