Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies program competencies can be attained through an extensive array of educational courses offered. The program contains classes suggested to begin internships in chemical dependency agencies in the public and private sectors and fulfill chemical dependency professional status in accordance with current certification requirements. Course content includes counseling, case management, psychology, sociology, ethics, law, and physiology as well as internships in a variety of work environments. Students are encouraged to begin the program in either fall or winter quarter. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Addiction Studies is awarded to students who successfully complete all the necessary coursework.

Degree & Certificate Options

  • Addiction Studies AAS Degree
  • Addiction Studies AAS-T Degree

Short-Term Proficiency Certificates

  • Addiction Counseling and Case Management Certificate
  • Addiction Counseling and Wellness Certificate
  • Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Addictive Drugs Studies Certificate
  • Youth Addiction Studies Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify basic facts on addiction and effect on individual, family, and society; chemical dependency theory and therapy models; dynamics of teenage substance abuse
  • Maintain accurate case management records
  • Utilize knowledge of state laws and court procedures regarding alcohol/drug offenses
  • Apply basic counseling skills in a therapeutic setting
  • Explore dynamics of chemically dependent family
  • Recognize the relapse process and its impact on recovery and family-of-origin issues
  • Examine ethical principles and rules of conduct for the chemical dependency counselor
  • Address cultural awareness as it relates to working with others
  • Apply basic computational skills to practical applications
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Demonstrate competencies to succeed in the selected career pathway workplace
  • Interpret human interaction with others
  • Recognize and formulate an information need
  • Report the actions of drugs on the body
  • Identify aids and hepatitis C as diseases
  • Summarize assessment and treatment issues specific to individuals with co-occurring disorders




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