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 an applicable associate’s degree along with the certificate may seek credentialing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II. Successful credentialing includes passing a computer-based exam administered by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Students seeking the Addiction Studies Certificate also may be interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in Human and Social Services or an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Social Work, Criminal Justice, or Psychology.

Students seeking an associate’s degree in Nursing or other health-related fields may be interested in adding the Addiction Studies Certificate as a related credential.


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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 meet Ohio licensing requirements)
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Mental Health Aid
  • Probation Assistant

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for addiction/substance abuse counselors is expected to increase by 23 percent (much faster than average) through 2030.

Median hourly wage: $22.91

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include co-op


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Effective 2023-2024 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 115 Ethics in Addiction Treatment 3 0 3
ADC 125 Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention 3 0 3
XXX XXX Technical Elective 3 0 3
HSV 115 Counseling and Interviewing Techniques 3 0 3
Semester 3
ADC 200 Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness 4 0 4
HSV 210 Treatment Planning and Documentation 3 0 3
Total Credits: 32 0 32


FYE Elective
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
Technical Elective
HSV 215 Group Work in Human Services 4
HSV 220 Family Theory and 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
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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