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Substance Use Disorders


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About Substance Use Disorders

Ramapo College offers a minor in Substance Use Disorders that is primarily designed for students who are interested in counseling people with substance use disorders.

The minor in Substance Use Disorders is designed to fulfill all of the academic requirements applicable towards state certification in substance use disorder counseling (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor).

The minor will be of particular interest to students majoring in the helping professions such as psychology and social work. Some courses in the minor also count towards satisfying major requirements in psychology and social work. However, the minor is open to all interested students.

Students will be expected to have an introductory course in either psychology or social work as prerequisites for the minor sequence.

The courses in the minor will include:

  • Substance Use Disorders (An introductory course that must be taken prior to core courses).
  • Case Management and the Recovery Ecosystem
  • Counseling for Substance Use Disorders I
  • Counseling for Substance Use Disorders II

The courses are repeated each year so that they can be taken in as few as three semesters.

Classes you can Take:

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Rehabilitation Counselors$43,950 - $93,820
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers$45,510 - $124,490
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$41,850 - $101,850

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

The faculty teaching in this program are all professionals in the field of substance use disorders. In addition to full-time faculty and staff at Ramapo College, experts from the community teach in the program on an adjunct basis. This provides students with the best combination: excellent teachers who have years of direct, professional experience in the field.