Program Overview

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling. As society understands more about addiction, more people are seeking treatment and more drug offenders are being sent to treatment programs rather than prison. As a result, demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to increase  much faster than demand for most other occupations through 2018. This next-level degree program is designed to meet the needs of learners who wish to pursue a career as an addiction counseling professional. The program prepares students to treat substance abuse and dependency disorders. Courses provide a comprehensive survey of counseling theories, group counseling, social and cultural issues, psychopharmacology, family issues, and more. In addition, a supervised internship provides 150 contact hours of opportunity for student to develop their counseling skills. In many states, a master’s degree is required for the highest level of licensing or certification. Graduates of this program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a both a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Additionally, program graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification and licensure in their home state. Licensing and certification requirements may vary from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to check the requirements in their state.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

    Requirements

    Accredited bachelor’s degree from a GCU-approved institution with a 2.8 GPA or higher

    Restrictions

    Not approved in the following states: AR, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NH, OH, VA.

    School Overview

    Whether one chooses to enroll in a bachelor’s degree in nursing or further pursue educational goals with a master’s degree, Grand Canyon University provides ample online opportunities designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.

    Founded on Christian principles in 1949, the interdenominational Grand Canyon University challenges students through its mission statement “to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders.” The University reinforces its vision through its four pillars of: Academic Advancement; Christian Camaraderie; Extracurricular Activities; and Wellness and Well-being. 

    ACADEMICS

    Grand Canyon University is a four-year, private institution of higher education. Programs of study range from undergraduate degrees to the doctoral level.  Degrees are housed within eight colleges at Grand Canyon. 

    • Colangelo College of Business
    • College of Doctoral Studies
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts and Production
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
    • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
    • College of Theology

    Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The University also retains specialized accreditation and/or approval for specific degree programs. Agencies include:

    • Accreditation Council Business Schools and Programs
    • Arizona State Board of Education
    • Arizona Department of Education
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
    DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

    More than 100 degree programs are offered online at Grand Canyon University. The University maintains the same high standards for online students as it does for on-campus counterparts, including degrees taught by the same faculty, access to advising and peer connections, extracurricular activities, online tutoring, and added resources. In addition, the online campus features:

    • Online degree programs offered 100 percent online
    • Individualized degree programs that allow students to complete 4-credit courses, one-at-a-time
    • Asynchronous courses, with 24/7 access, hosted through the learning management platform and library systems 
    • Eligibility for scholarships and tuition assistance, along with federal aid programs
    • Transfer-friendly options, of which include a free evaluation of your graduation plan and cost estimates within 24 hours of submission of official transcripts
    • Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Veterans Affairs benefit programs, in addition to offering discounted tuition for eligible military students and their families. 

    There is no cost to apply to Grand Canyon University. Interested students are encouraged to request more information.

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