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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 twenty-six credit program will prepare you for the written examination required for state licensure.

Students will also:

  • 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

Mn Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Mn Assn of Resources and Chemical Health (MARRCH)
Nat'l Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
Mn Dept of Human Services
The Assn for Addiction Professionals
Nat'l Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Planning for Your Program


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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 -