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Addiction Counseling Degree Requirements

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.
Total credit hours: Minimum 60 credit hours

Entrance Requirements:

  • Attend a program information session or view the online information session. Detailed information regarding program, profession, and academic requirements will be discussed.
  • Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses. 200 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in a community addiction agency are required in order to complete the program. Prior to enrolling in the fieldwork courses, students must meet with Sara Meinsler, Human Services Department Fieldwork Coordinator.

General Education Requirements: 23-27 credits

English (3-6)
ENG 111 and ENG 112 - 
Composition and Introduction to Literature 1, 2 
ENG 115 and ENG 116 -
Composition and Introduction to Literature for Non-Native Speakers 1, 2
ENG 121 -
Composition and Literature
Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the college English composition general education requirement. Students who take ENG 121 and not ENG 111-112 may need to take an additional elective course to ensure that they complete a minimum of 60 credits which are required for the award of an associate degree. These credit hours must be chosen with the approval of the department chair or program coordinator. 
Arts and humanities  (3)
Biological and Physical Sciences (4)
BIO 101 - 
Fundamentals of Biology
BIO 230 - Structure and Function of the Human Body
Computer Technology (4)
Health/Fitness/Wellness (3)
Mathematics (3-4)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
PSY 111 -  Introduction to Psychology

Program Requirements: 33-37 credits

HUS 101 - Human Service and Addiction Counseling Ethics in Practice (3)
HUS 102 - Physiological Aspects of Chemical Dependence (3)
HUS 114 - Counseling, Assessment and Case Management (3)
HUS 115 - Fieldwork: Counseling, Assessment and Case Management (3)
HUS 130 - Introduction to Family Counseling (3)
HUS 140 - Topics in Alcohol and Drug Counseling: Co-occurring Disorders (3)
HUS 141 - Group Dynamics (3)
HUS 200 - Addiction Treatment Delivery (3)
HUS 216 - Theories of Counseling (3)
HUS 217 - Fieldwork: Theories of Counseling (3)
PSY 214 -  Abnormal Psychology (3)
Electives (0-4): For those who complete ENG 121, recommend HUS 211: Crisis Intervention and Counseling; or HUS/CJS 228: Practices in Social Work and Counseling with Inmate Populations; or CJS 229: Women, Crime and Prison; or CJS 231: Juvenile Justice; or SOC 132: Juvenile Delinquency.