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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.


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Addiction Studies Certificate (ADSC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
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:   31 0 31
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

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
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