Substance Use Prevention and Interventions


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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Substance Use Prevention and Interventions program is designed to prepare individuals with the skills necessary to become a substance misuse or addiction prevention specialist, as well as provide continuing education to current professionals. Courses in this Certificate of Completion focus on the skills and disciplinary knowledge necessary for the supervision and implementation of prevention strategies and policies in diverse settings. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders is also available.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Substance Use Prevention and Interventions (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students enrolled in this program within the state of North Carolina are required to take the following Restricted Elective courses to meet North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board education requirements


: ASD120, ASD145, ASD285EE, and ASD285GG.

Licensing Disclosures
The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Substance Use Prevention and Interventions is designed to meet the academic requirements of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium domains for the IC&RC Prevention Specialist Examination. The State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners does not certify or license Prevention Specialists in Arizona.

For students seeking certification or licensure in a state other than Arizona, you may need to fulfill additional coursework or training requirements prior to applying for your certification or licensure, and additional requirements including but not limited to: obtaining a fingerprint clearance card, passing licensure or certification exams, completing supervised work experience in the practice of substance abuse counseling, and/or a supervised practicum.

Students in Louisiana, New York, Wisconsin, and Wyoming should not enroll in the Certification of Completion (CCL) in Substance Use Prevention and Interventions program at Rio Salado College because Rio Salado College does not have state approval in those states.

Contact the licensure or certification Board in your state for more information.

Rio Salado College has also provided information on Voluntary Boards, which are not governmental agencies, that also provide voluntary credentials.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Measure the effectiveness of prevention interventions in order to improve outcomes.
  2. Select appropriate research-based prevention interventions for diverse populations and environments.
  3. Identify appropriate evidence-based interventions at the community and policy level.
  4. Evaluate appropriate media prevention efforts for diverse populations.
  5. Explain the science behind community-based prevention strategies.
  6. Evaluate evidence-based prevention intervention strategies and applications using a scientific approach.
  7. Analyze the physiology and pharmacology of psychoactive substances and their effects.
  8. Analyze the impact of diverse environments such as families, schools, and workplaces on the prevention of substance misuse or addiction.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ASD148 Introduction to the Science of Prevention Critical course Gateway course 1
ASD149 Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Critical course 1
ASD151 Prevention Interventions and Policies 1
ASD152 Family-Based Prevention Interventions 1
ASD153 School-Based Prevention Interventions 1
ASD154 Workplace-Based Prevention Interventions 1
ASD155 Environment-Based Prevention Interventions 1
ASD156 Media-Based Prevention Interventions 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ASD157 Community-Based Prevention Implementation Systems 1
ASD158 Gambling Disorders Prevention 1
ASD159 Adolescent Substance Use Prevention 1
ASD160 Behavioral Addictions Prevention 1
RE Restricted Electives 1
RE Restricted Electives 1
RE Restricted Electives 1
RE Restricted Electives 1

Restricted Electives

Students must choose 4 credits from the list of Restricted Electives below:

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ASD285++ or
(ASD120 and
ASD145 and
ASD285EE and
Any ASD Addictions and Substance Use Disorders seminar courses for a total of four credits or (Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders and AIDS and Addiction and Domestic Violence And Substance Abuse Seminar and Addictive and Medical Plants Seminar) 4
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Addictions and Substance Use Disorders FAQ

The Behavioral Health Scholarship offers scholarships plus tuition assistance. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for courses relevant to an approved program of study. Tuition assistance funds are awarded at $500 for 1 to 5 credits and $1,000 for 6 or more credits, and can be utilized for expenses such as books, supplies, and technology. Note that tuition assistance funds will first settle any outstanding balance on a student's account before disbursing any remaining funds to the student for other uses.

Students who receive a confirmation email are eligible for funds. When a student enrolls for the semester, the AHCCCS scholarship office is notified and determines which courses can be funded for the scholarship. Once this occurs the AHCCCS scholarship office notifies Rio’s student financial aid office of the amount awarded and funds are automatically applied to the student's amount owed.

To qualify for either the Behavioral Health Scholarship applicants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have an active admissions application on file at a Maricopa Community College
  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file
  • Be enrolled in an eligible non-credit or credit program
  • Meet the minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of a grade C or better
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or alien admitted as a refugee
  • Enroll in courses at a participating Maricopa Community College

Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in disqualification from eligibility for either scholarship. The Behavioral Health Scholarship is exclusively offered at Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Rio Salado, and South Mountain. Failing to enroll in courses at any of these colleges will render applicants ineligible for the Behavioral Health Scholarship.

If you have previously been awarded the scholarship and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, your eligibility will be reviewed each semester, eliminating the need for reapplication. You will receive notification of your eligibility via email. In the event that you successfully complete your current program of study and opt to pursue another eligible program, there is no need to submit a new application. Simply notify us upon the conclusion of your current program.

Funding is exclusively available for courses taken at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Scholarships and tuition assistance will be available through the Fall 2024 semester, with disbursements expected to conclude September 30, 2024. In the event of an approval for extended funding, colleges participating in the program will be promptly notified, ensuring students are informed of any changes regarding eligibility and funding availability.

Yes. Check Rio’s summer block policy and talk to your Academic Advisor to determine the summer courses available in your program.

Students are eligible for the scholarship as long as they continue to meet SAP requirements. Students do not need to reapply for the program upon return. Students should contact the district AHCCCS scholarship office upon return to confirm continued eligibility.

SAP is checked at the end each semester. If a student does not meet SAP the following semester is considered a warning semester. The warning semester allows a student one semester to try to get their SAP status back into good standing. During the warning semester a student would still be funded for the scholarship. After the warning semester if the student does not meet SAP they will have to wait until they are meeting SAP again (or files an approved SAP Appeal) to be eligible for the scholarship. Once SAP is met, they would notify the scholarship office to check their account, if they meet SAP they are eligible again for the scholarship.

Students who fail to meet the grade requirements of a “C” or higher or who withdraw from their courses, or receive a Y for inactivity will be required to repay any scholarship and tuition assistance funds obtained for failed or dropped courses. This repayment policy applies universally, with no exceptions. It is crucial to remain enrolled and pass your courses, as failure to do so will result in debt accumulation. Once the debt is acquired, it becomes your responsibility to arrange for payment. Should you require guidance or wish to explore repayment options, we encourage you to reach out to Rio’s Student Business Services Office for assistance.

Transitioning to an ineligible program necessitates repayment of any scholarship and tuition assistance funds disbursed to you thus far. Funding remains available should you decide to change your major to an alternative approved program of study at Rio or any other participating college. To prevent repayment for the BEHS scholarship, students can only transition to other BEHS programs; it does not apply to transfer from BEHS to HCBS. You can view a list of approved programs on the AHCCCS Scholarship page.

Students who receive the Behavioral Health Scholarship must commit to working as behavioral health workers for an approved provider for a minimum of two years or for a duration equal to the length of their program, whichever is longer. Your work obligation commences only upon program completion, allowing flexibility in your employment choices throughout the program. This requirement applies exclusively to the Behavioral Health Scholarship.

If a student fails to honor their work commitment by withdrawing from the program or by failing to complete the full duration of the commitment, they will be responsible for repayment to MCCCD.

Unfortunately, exceptions cannot be made regarding the AHCCCS Scholarship funding. It is imperative that recipients assume responsibility for repaying any funds disbursed for courses in which they failed or withdrew. Upon the Financial Aid Office's update of your scholarship award, an email notification will be sent to inform you of the adjustment in your student account. You will then have the opportunity to repay these funds to your college's Student Business Services Office. This repayment policy applies universally, with no exceptions.

When a student completes a program, they can continue on the AHCCCS scholarship with another eligible program. A student receiving a certificate of completion can enroll in another certificate program or pursue an AAS. A student completing an AAS can transfer to a Bachelor’s program if one is offered within their scholarship. Lists of programs are listed in the AHCCCS Scholarship Application page. Students wanting to continue need to notify the district AHCCCS scholarship office so their account can be updated. It is advised that students contact their academic advisor for assistance.

For more information about the scholarships offered, including the requirements for eligibility, a list of eligible programs, participating colleges, and the application links, please visit the AHCCCS Scholarship webpage.

For any additional questions, please contact