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  • Chemical Dependency

    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.

Transfer

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

Potential Job Titles

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  • Addictions Counselor *

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

Salary Data

Addictions Counselor *
Average Wage: $21.60/hour
Top Earners: $27.93/hour

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to 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.

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.

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)