The online Associate of Science (A.S.) in Addictions Counseling is an online program for students who want to enhance their employment opportunities with a concentration in addictions counseling or begin their education and career in addictions counseling. The associate degree requires students to complete 24 hours from the addictions counseling core courses and two electives. Students must also complete 27 hours in the appropriate general education requirements. To graduate, students need a total of 63 credit hours, which includes additional electives to supplement the general education requirements.
Major subject requirement: 18 credit hours
- six (6) courses from the B.S. Major Subject Requirements must be chosen
Major subject electives: 6 credit hours
- two (2) courses from the B.S. Major Subject Requirements and/or the Major Subject Electives must be chosen
Major subject requirement courses (3 credit hours each)
PSY 230: Psychology of Addictions/Introduction to Addictions
ADC 230: Addictions and the Family
ADC 250: Theories and Addiction
ADC 260: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
ADC 300: Individual Addiction Counseling: Theory and Practice
ADC 310: Group Addiction Counseling: Theory and Practice
ADC 320: Behavioral Psychopharmacology
ADC 330: Community Prevention: Theory and Practice
ADC 340: Crisis and Brief Interventions Counseling
ADC 400: Screening, Assessment and Treatment Planning
ADC 410: Case Management and Documentation
ADC 420: Recovery and Relapse Prevention: Theory and Practice
ADC 440: Field Placement and Seminar Practice I
ADC 450: Field Placement and Seminar Practice II
All students who apply to the addictions counseling programs, regardless of which program they choose, must formally apply after they complete certain prerequisite courses. The admission procedure screens applicants and admits only those with the attitudes, values and maturity to work in a demanding career.
Please note that the completion of an Associate’s Degree in Addictions Counseling does not thereby result in certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) according to state regulations. However, completion of the degree may significantly reduce the number of supervision hours each state requires for such certification. Students should consult the specific state regulations in their home state for exact certification requirements.