To meet the critical needs for addiction care and treatment in an age where substance use is on a meteoric rise, this program at Wake Forest University provides graduate training at the master’s level to prepare graduates to provide clinical addiction services, as either a career in and of itself, or as an enhancement of their planned, or current career. The program integrates student learning and research experiences throughout our medical community. The program, considered the first of its kind, is perfectly suited for the innovative environment at Wake Forest and is helping to create a workforce that will make a direct impact on the addiction crises faced by our patients, our community, and our nation.

This state-of-the-art program provides a thorough and rigorous education experience integrating health service and evidence-based addiction studies in an academic medical center. Students have the opportunity to train alongside medical professionals and learn to provide the highest level of addiction care to patients in our cutting-edge hospital system. 

This program is approved as a Criteria C program by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Boards (NCASPPB); this provides graduates a pathway to earlier licensure eligibility as a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.

The overarching goals of the program are:

  • Provide evidence-based integrated care effectively and ethically
  • Value diversity, life-long learning, self-awareness, and personal growth
  • Champion empathy, multicultural competencies, and the highest quality of skills
  • Base care on treating others with dignity and respect