The Addiction Studies Certificate program prepares individuals to work in an entry-level position in a substance abuse program. Coursework includes training in how to assist individuals and families with a variety of issues arising from addiction problems.

Students who successfully complete the certificate are eligible to seek credentialing as an Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant.

Students who complete the certificate and also complete an Associate of Arts degree with focus in social or behavioral sciences, or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human and Social Services, may seek credentialing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II).

Students who would like to pursue LCDC II licensure should meet with an academic advisor in the Humanities & Sciences Division for guidance and to learn more about additional credentialing requirements.

Related Programs

Human & Social Services (HSS)Associate of Arts (AARTS) with focus in Social Work or Criminal Justice or PsychologyCertificate can be added as a credential for students in Nursing or other health programs


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in a variety of entry-level positions in the addiction/substance abuse field to help meet ever-increasing needs for addiction counselors in Ohio.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (must meet Ohio licensing requirements)
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (must also complete an associate's degree and meet Ohio licensing requirements)
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Mental Health Aid
  • Probation Assistant

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for addiction/substance abuse counselors is expected to increase by more than 20 percent through 2031.

$21,000 - $24,000 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections


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Effective 2022-2023 academic year

Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective 1 0 1
ADC 100 Drugs in Society 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
ADC 105 Addiction, Counseling, and Diversity 3 0 3
Semester 2
ADC 110 Pharmacology of Addiction 3 0 3
ADC 115 Ethics in Addiction Treatment 3 0 3
ADC 120 Addiction Screening, Assessment, and Treatment 3 0 3
ADC 125 Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention 3 0 3
Semester 3
ADC 200 Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness 4 0 4
XXX XXX Technical Elective 3 0 3
Total Credits: 32 0 32
Technical Elective (Choose one course)
HSV 210 Treatment Planning and Documentation 3
HSV 215 Group Work in Human Services 4
PSY 200 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 205 Child Development 3
PSY 210 Adolescent Development 3
PSY 215 Adult Development 3
PSY 220 Social Psychology 3
PSY 225 Lifespan Development 3
SWK 110 Introduction to Social Work 3
FYE Elective (Choose one course)
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
FYE 120 College Success Strategies: Campus Integration 4
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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