Associate in Applied Science in Addictions & Substance Use Disorders
Rio Salado College

Program Details

The Associate in Applied Science in Addictions & Substance Use Disorders from Rio Salado College is an online substance abuse counseling degree program.  Graduates are prepared to begin careers in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology, or rehabilitation.  The curriculum provides the skills necessary to assist chemically dependent people with alleviating their addictions, focusing on ethics, communication, interviewing and documentation, and recovery and relapse skills.  You will study advanced theories and techniques, family dynamics, relationships, and multicultural and diverse populations.  Courses also teach various intervention models. 

With this affecting so many people in so many ways, there is a need for professionals trained in chemical dependency to work in many settings, including:

  • Human resources
  • Civil courts
  • Criminal justice
  • Social services
  • Welfare services
  • Adolescent and child services


  • High school transcript or GED score
  • ACT/SAT or placement test may be required

Special Accreditation

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

School Accreditation Statement

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