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Addiction Studies Licensing Preparation Certificate (ADSLC)


The Addiction Studies Licensing Preparation Certificate is for individuals who have completed a college degree and want to qualify for employment as an addiction/substance abuse counselor.

After completing the certificate, students can apply for credentialing in Ohio as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (associate's degree), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (bachelor's degree), or a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (master's degree). Successful credentialing includes passing a computer-based exam administered by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Program Code



Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

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

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II or III (must meet Ohio licensing requirements)
  • Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (must meet Ohio licensing requirements)
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Mental Health Aid
  • Probation Assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$21,000 to $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 2018-2019 academic year

Addiction Studies Licensing Preparation Certificate (ADSLC.CT)

Program Prerequisite: An associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in a behavioral science field, from an accredited institution of higher education, is required to enroll in this program.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ADC 100Drugs in Society 303
ADC 105Addiction, Counseling, and Diversity 303
ADC 110Pharmacology of Addiction 303
Semester 2  
ADC 115Ethics in Addiction Treatment 303
ADC 120Addiction Screening, Assessment, and Treatment 303
Semester 3  
ADC 125Relapse, Treatment, and Prevention 303
ADC 200Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Ment 404
Total Credits:  22022

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


Marianne Niese, MS, LPCC-S
(513) 217-3712

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