The curriculum leading to a Certificate in Substance Abuse Intervention in Healthcare (funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration) is offered in an online learning methodology that will be accessible to a diverse population of nurses.

The curriculum for the Certificate in Substance Abuse Intervention in Healthcare includes a sequence of four, three-credit-hour courses. You must be a licensed nurse to enroll in this certificate program. You can enter at either the master's level or undergraduate level.

The focus of the curriculum is knowledge and skill-building in the areas of assessment, brief intervention and referral of individuals suspected of substance abuse.

Case studies and skill-building exercises are also included in order for the practitioner or manager to recognize impaired professionals. Each course in the sequence builds on prior learning, leading to the Certificate in Substance Abuse Intervention in Healthcare.

Requirements for the Certificate:

  • NURS 5500 Substance Abuse Issues in Health Care (3)
  • NURS 5510 Substance Abuse Screening in Health Care (3)
  • NURS 5520 Disparity and Diversity in Substance Abuse (3)
  • NURS 5530 Substance Abuse Intervention in Nursing Practice (3)
  • Proof of Nursing licensure
    Total - 12 Hours

To receive the Certificate of Completion in Substance Abuse Intervention in Healthcare, students must complete each course with a grade of “C” or better and submit the petition for completion to the Nursing Program Advisor. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Further Information

Thank you for you interest in the Substance Abuse Intervention in Healthcare Certificate (for Nurses). This certificate is offered in collaboration with faculty from the Departments of Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health and Nursing. If you'd like to speak to a representative to learn more about the Certificate, or about the College of Health and Human Services, please contact the Department of Nursing at

We look forward to hearing from you.

For complete information, visit the current GSU Catalog.