The online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Addictions Counseling degree is an advanced study of addictions counseling that prepares students to more quickly qualify for national and state certifications. The advanced curriculum covers today’s evolving mental health and addictions treatments and prepares students to begin their careers in non-certified capacities or to continue their education in graduate studies.
Students can complete the B.S. in addictions counseling either on a part-time or full-time basis online. Completion of the program shortens the time to complete state and national certification. Students must complete 42 hours in addictions counseling courses and three elective courses in order to complete the program. These courses will complement specific career goals and interests. While students may minor in any discipline, Brescia recommends they minor in psychology or further their study in sociology and social work.
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 speak with the Coordinator of the Addictions Counseling Program for more information.
Please note, the completion of either the baccalaureate or Certificate in Addictions Counseling does not result in Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification in accordance with state regulations. Completion will decrease the number of hours required to attain CADC certification. Please check with your home state about your state’s specific CADC certification requirements.