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 Century College will be closed for the Holiday weekend. Normal activities will resume Tuesday, January 21st at 7am.  

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Sign up for the Launch Your Education session on January 21 to complete all your steps for Spring Semester Sessions II and III enrollment in one day and be entered in for a chance to win a free 3-credit course!

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About the Program

The Addiction Counseling 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 Addiction Counseling, 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 27 credit program will prepare you for the written examination required for state licensure.

Students will:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life by applying effective counseling techniques in a variety of community service roles
  • Work alongside human service professionals to examine the effects of substance related disorders in our society
  • Investigate complex social issues to understand their effects on individuals and communities

Resource Links

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Minnesota Association of Resources and Chemical Health (MARRCH)
National Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Association for Addiction Professionals
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition Cost Per Credit

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Potential Job Titles

Addiction Counseling
  • Addictions Counselor *

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree

Salary Data

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder​ Counselor *
Average Wage: $22.46/hour
Top Earners: $28.68/hour

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -