Program Overview

Allen County Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Addiction and Prevention Studies for students interested in social work and other fields, and who want to work in analyzing, treating, and preventing relapses of patients who suffer from addictive behaviors or drug or alcohol addiction. Students will learn about addictive issues that different social groups have in society, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, binge eating, smoking, hoarding, and a variety of other behaviors that result in a psychological or physiological need to continue those behaviors. Through the program, students will develop advanced skills to help counsel those with disorders requiring understanding psychology and developmental issues in treatment of addictions.

Students will take part in a curriculum that emphasizes the development of counseling abilities with advanced development of practical skills. Those classes include English composition, general psychology, substance abuse awareness, introduction to counseling, and introduction to group counseling, among others.

Upon completion of the certification, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for counseling roles for addiction counseling services. Those qualifications include demonstrating the ability to apply sound ethical, legal, and business practices in the work of an addiction counselor; to demonstrate the ability to implement counseling, prevention, and intervention services related to addiction counseling; to promote diversity and advocacy as related to addiction counseling; to employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele; to use evidence-based research literature to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele; and to use diagnostic tools to diagnose addiction and other disorders in diverse clientele.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    High school transcript or proof of GED completion and scores. Official transcripts from previous universities and colleges (if applicable). SAT/ACT scores - COMPASS/ASSET test administered to students not submitting SAT/ACT scores.

    School Overview

    The vision of Allen Community College is to be recognized for excellence as a valuable, responsive resource to the communities they serve and as a caring institution that empowers and educates our students to embrace change, become lifelong learners, and take their place as productive citizens in the global community.

    As an institution of higher education, the purpose of Allen Community College is to provide quality educational and support services in an atmosphere that is caring, safe, and conducive to learning.  Based on the belief that learning and self improvement are continuous processes, the college is committed to a wide range of accessible, affordable educational programs to enable students to reach their academic, occupational, and personal potential.

    Allen County Community College supports online learning and community sites, in addition to its two traditional campuses. Students at Allen County Community College can enroll in Associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and programs which lead to licensing or certification, ranging from fields of study in Early Childhood Education and Production Media to Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. 


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