University of South Dakota

Program Overview

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Addiction Studies focuses on science-based addiction education and prepares students to provide the highest quality addiction counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse or addiction. 

Requirements vary from state to state so it is the student’s responsibility to verify this course meets their state’s standards.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    A high school diploma or GED.

    School Overview

    The University of South Dakota, first opening in the 1870s, is a public, four-year institution of higher education located in the city of Vermillion, South Dakota.


    The University of South Dakota was founded as a result of the first Legislature of the Dakota Territory. In that meeting, the legislature established the University at Vermillion, which makes what is now the University of South Dakota the oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas. However, classes at this university would not be in session for another 20 years. The mission of the University of South Dakota is “The University of South Dakota offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. As the oldest university in the state, the University of South Dakota serves as the flagship and the only public liberal arts university in the state”.

    The University of South Dakota is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has continuously earned that accreditation since 1913. In addition to overall accreditation, some programs at the university have earned independent accreditations from other organizations and agencies. This includes, but is not limited to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

    The institution offers its students many extracurricular activities and opportunities. There are over 120 organizations and clubs, which include social, sports, religious, pre-professional, and hobby-driven groups. The University of South Dakota’s athletic teams, nicknamed the Coyotes, compete in the NCAA Division I. There are nine women’s sports teams and six men’s sports teams. The campus boasts three art galleries and the National Music Museum. There is also the Bailey and Kathy Aalfs Auditorium, a newly renovated laboratory building, the USD Wellness Center, the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, as well as the DakotaDome, which hosts hundreds of athletic events, conventions, and other occasions throughout the year.


    The colleges, schools, and divisions that make up the University of South Dakota are: College of Arts and Sciences, Beacom School of Business. School of Education, College of Fine Arts, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, and the Graduate School. The School of Law was established in 1901, the School of Medicine in 1907, the Graduate School in 1927, the Continuing Education program in 1916, and the College of Fine Arts in 1931. The university offers 132 undergraduate programs and 66 graduate programs. The top fields of study are nursing, business, psychology, elementary teacher education, and biology.


    The Beacom School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the Graduate School, and the School of Health Sciences all offer degree and certificate programs in a completely online format. In addition, an individual can earn degrees and certificates through distance and off-campus programs in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Sioux City, Iowa. Tuition rates for correspondence, online, and “Dakota Digital Network” programs, as well as programs at the alternative campuses are $301.70 per credit hour for undergraduates and $400.05 per credit hour for graduates.


    The University of South Dakota enrolled 10,284 for the fall 2013 semester. Of that number, 7,690 of those students are undergraduates. Around 49 percent of prospective students who applied to this institution are admitted and, of that number, 80 percent actually enrolled in courses. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. About 26 percent of the undergraduate population is 25 years old or older and 61 percent of undergraduates are from South Dakota. About 39 percent of undergraduates and 43 percent of graduate students are enrolled in only distance education. The overall graduation rate is 50 percent.


    The estimated tuition and fees for undergraduate students is $7,704 for students who reside in South Dakota and $9,650 for students who are from out-of-state. About 52 percent of all undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid through grants or scholarships. About 60 percent of undergraduates take out federal student loans.

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