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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Addiction Counseling, AS

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 5895
CIP Code: 51.1501

Program Description

The Addiction Counseling program is designed for career opportunities in entry-level positions in the field of Addiction Counseling. The program articulates with Metropolitan State University’s Baccalaureate degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Consult with program instructor or the Board for Behavioral Health Therapy website for the most up-to-date information on licensure requirements and the temporary permit to practice requirements.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

A MN Human Services Background Study with no restrictions is required for the internships.  Please contact a program instructor for any questions or concerns about the background study.

Completing ADCO 1020  as soon as possible provides the student with important information about the profession and is also a prerequisite for all other ADCO courses.  It is recommended that students consult with their advisor or counselor for academic planning assistance.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 30

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 6 credits; two courses from either Goal 3 and/or Goal 4.
NOTE: Goal 3 courses do not have to be lab courses. Goal 4 courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Total Credits: 6

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 10 credits. Three courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 10

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of two Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 29

MnTC Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 1

Additional Elective Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

A grade of C or higher in all career/occupational courses and all specific MnTC/general education course requirements is required.

Licensure information:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or educational program is required for licensure. Eighteen semester credits of alcohol and drug counseling academic course work; 880 clock hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling practicum, and written examination that demonstrates competence in the core functions must also be successfully completed for licensure.

Students completing the Addiction Counseling A.S. degree program can apply for a temporary permit to practice alcohol and drug counseling while working under direct supervision of a licensed counselor and enrolled in course work to complete a bachelor’s degree for a maximum of 5 years. An alcohol and drug counselor technician (a non-licensed position) may perform:

  1. Screening to determine appropriateness and eligibility for program.
  2. Intake interviews following administrative and initial assessment procedures.
  3. Orientation describing the general nature and goals of the program, rules, services, treatment cost and client rights.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for both employment preparation and transfer. Some of the courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan. An articulation agreement exists with the Alcohol & Drug Counseling and the Human Services majors at Metropolitan State University.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Implement the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Professional Practice of addiction counseling according to TAP 21.
  • Apply the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  • Apply laws, rules and ethical guidelines related to the State of Minnesota and the addiction profession.
  • Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
  • Determine the clients readiness for treatment and change as well as the needs of others involved in current situations

Program Contact Information

Albert Brown 651.779.3457 Room E2258C East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of Minnesota State. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.
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Certification Disclosures

Program Code/ID and Approved Name

06-019-2017: Addiction Counseling



A list of states where the program curriculum meets state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania do not license addiction counselors.

A list of states where the program curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma

A list of states where the institution has not made a determination.

Arkansas, West Virginia, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan

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