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Chemical Dependency

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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer, Full- or Part-Time

Chemical Dependency — Associate in Science Degree (60 credits)
Chemical Dependency — Certificate (26 credits)

About the Program


The Chemical Dependency program is designed for career opportunities in entry-level positions in the field of chemical dependency counseling. You will be prepared for the written examination, which is required for state licensure. As of July 1, 2008 an individual must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to become a licensed addictions counselor. After completing Century’s Associate in Science degree in chemical dependency, you can apply for a temporary permit to practice alcohol and drug counseling while working under direct supervision of a licensed counselor and enroll in course work to complete a bachelor’s degree for a maximum of five years. An alcohol and drug counselor technician (a non-licensed position) may perform: screening to determine appropriateness and eligibility for program; intake interviews; orientation describing the general nature and goals of the program, rules, services, treatment cost and client rights.

The certificate program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree. This twenty-six credit program will prepare you for the written examination required for state licensure.

Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles


Addictions Counselor (with bachelor's degree)

Salary Data


  • Addictions Counselor (with a bachelor’s degree)
    Average Wage: 21.60/hour
    Top Earners: $27.93/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Chemical Dependency - AAS 60 Credits

  • Implement the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Professional Practice of addiction counseling according to TAP 21.
  • Apply the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  • Apply laws, rules and ethical guidelines related to the State of Minnesota and the addiction profession.
  • Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
  • Determine the clients readiness for treatment and change as well as the needs of others involved in current situations.

Chemical Dependency - Certificate 26 Credits

  • Implement the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Professional Practice of addiction counseling according to TAP 21.
  • Apply the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  • Apply laws, rules and ethical guidelines related to the State of Minnesota and the addiction profession.
  • Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
  • Determine the clients readiness for treatment and change as well as the needs of others involved in current situations.

Program Prerequisites


  1. Grade of C or higher in all career/occupational courses.
  2. Grade of C or higher in all specific MnTC/general education course requirements.
  3. Passing the MN Human Services Background Study is required for the internships.

Gainful Employment Program Information


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Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Richard Kotasek651.779.3457richard.kotasek@century.eduRoom 2248 East
Ted Tessier651.747.4032theodore.tessier@century.eduRoom 2336 East