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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

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    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. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • 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 -