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Associate in Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Program Details

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program at Rio Salado College is designed to launch students' careers in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert faculty help students develop unmatched skills necessary for assisting chemically dependent persons to alleviate their addictions. Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics.

This program is designed to prepare individuals with the skills necessary to become an addictions and substance use disorders professional, as well as provide continuing education to current professionals. Courses in the program focus on theories and techniques, ethics, communication skills, interviewing and documentation, and recovery and relapse. Courses also focus on advanced theories and techniques, family dynamics and relationships, and multicultural and diverse populations.

Since substance abuse affects the lives of so many people in so many ways, there is a need for people trained in chemical dependency to work in many fields of employment which may include human resources, civil courts, criminal justice, education, social-service case managers and caseworkers, welfare services, and adolescent and child services.


High school graduate from a regionally accredited school or GED equivalent. 18 years of age or older or a transfer student in good academic standing. Official transcripts.

Accreditation & Licensing

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

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)


Licensing and requirements vary by state. While Rio Salado is a SARA approved institution to provide distance education, students should check their resident state’s authorization prior to enrollment.