Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)


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 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 may also be interested in pursuing an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Social Work, Criminal Justice, or Psychology.

Program Code



Employment Options

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 Starting Salary Projections

$21,000 - $24,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for addiction/substance abuse counselors is expected to increase by 31 percent through 2022.

Gainful Employment Data


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ADC 100Drugs in Society 303
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology 303
Semester 2  
ADC 105Addiction, Counseling, and Diversity 303
ADC 110Pharmacology of Addiction 303
XXX XXX Psychology or Social Work Elective  303
Semester 3  
ADC 115Ethics in Addiction Treatment 303
ADC 120Addiction Screening, Assessment, and Treatment 303
ADC 125Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention 303
Semester 4  
ADC 200Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Ment 404
ADC 205Addiction Studies Practicum 172
Total Credits:  32733
PSY or SWK Electives
PSY 200Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 205Child Development3
PSY 210Adolescent Development3
PSY 215Adult Development3
PSY 220Social Psychology3
PSY 225Lifespan Development3
SWK 110Introduction to Social Work3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Marianne Niese, MS, LPCC-S
(513) 217-3712
Binary Data