Technical Certificate (1 year)
Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 years)
This is a nine-month program beginning in August and ending in May for core curriculum leading to the Professional- Technical certificate. General Education courses and elective coursework complete the requirements. Students requiring classes prior to placement in the core classes must complete preparatory classes prior to beginning the program.
Overview of Addiction Studies Professionals
Nature of the work - Addiction Studies is the term used to educate people who are interested in professional occupations in the field of Addictions. Workers find employment in comprehensive substance abuse treatment facilities (both in-patient and out-patient), psychiatric service facilities and hospital settings. Workers find jobs assisting patients in adolescent and adult settings, working with dual diagnosis clients and some people enhance their Human Service work with the addition of the knowledge and skills acquired from Addiction Studies courses. The primary purpose of Addiction Studies Professionals is the treatment of clients/patients wishing to recover from drug and/or alcohol addiction.
The Addiction Studies curriculum consists of coursework focusing on the nature of substance abuse, the impact of substance abuse on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual nature of the human being. Major courses include study of the impact on the individual, family and society, screening and assessment at the beginning of treatment and case management during the treatment phases. A counseling skills course, ethics for Addictions Counselors and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the major coursework list. In addiction, General Education coursework in communications, math and social science plus relevant electives enhance the curriculum.
Addiction Studies Career Path
Students majoring in Addiction Studies have the option of completing the Professional Technical Certificate (1 year) or the A.A.S. degree (2 years). Some students may take the courses to satisfy the testing requirements for the Idaho Students of Addiction Studies (ISAS). This is the first level of testing after all coursework has been completed. Students may be employed at the entry level in the addictions field. Students may continue to accumulate supervised documented hours at a treatment facility and qualify to take the Certified Alcohol and Drug Certification (CADC) test. The CADC is required to function at all levels in the substance abuse counseling role. Students should consult with the Addiction Studies Advisor for further details about their options.
AAS graduates of the Human Services or Addiction Studies program may now pursue their Bachelor of Science degree on-line through our partnership with the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. For more information about the Bachelorís program contact Mary Christy at 732-6713.