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 each course in 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 annual median wages* for this program. 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.

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

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.