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Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling

Program Details

For students who are interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor or working in a related field, the University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor Degree program in Substance Abuse Counseling is an excellent course of study to pursue. The program is extremely flexible, being offered in both a traditional on-campus format, as well as a distance-learning online setup. This hybrid delivery format ensures that students who have a passion for substance abuse counseling can pursue this degree, regardless of their location or busy lifestyle, and tailored to their personal preference of how they want to complete their degree.

Through this course of study, students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the areas of counseling and prevention in chemical dependency treatment. UC’s Substance Abuse Counseling program is grounded in proven practice and current research in this field. The faculty members charged with teaching this program have years of meaningful experience serving as substance abuse counselors to a wide variety of demographic groups, and can offer a broad range of skills and knowledge to impart to the students. Additionally, many members of UC’s faculty are skilled researchers in the alcohol and drug abuse field, and are a wonderful resource for students who may be interested in entering the research side of the chemical dependency field. 

Upon completion of this program, students will gain the knowledge, competencies, and skills required of a working professional in the field of treating addicted individuals. This program is also suitable for individuals who don’t necessarily want to be substance abuse counselors, but who do come into contact with addicted individuals on a regular basis in their prospective workplace and wish to gain the skills necessary to best assist these individuals. Such individuals may work in the positions of parole or corrections officers, social workers, mental health professionals, and nurses or other medical professionals.


Upon completion, students will have met academic requirements for Ohio Licensure and national certification. Students who do not live in Ohio should access their state chemical dependency licensure boards for state specific information on levels of licensure, certificates available, and reciprocity across states. 

Official transcripts. Common Application Essay. UC Personal Statement. SAT/ACT scores.

Accreditation & Licensing

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