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Addictions Studies—About the Program

Addictions Studies Certificate Program
(44 credit hours)
Curriculum code 1321

The use of alcohol and other drugs continues to be a social problem touching all elements of society: loss of work proficiency, functional relationships, appropriate parenting and, ultimately, human life. Moraine Valley Community College's Addictions Studies Program recognizes that the treatment of addictions must be comprehensive―treating the whole person, not just the symptoms.

You will be taught by professionals with years of experience in alcoholism and other addictions counseling. The program includes an internship that will allow you to gain valuable on-the-job experience and apply what you have learned in your courses.

The primary goal of this program is to give students sufficient knowledge and competency in addiction counseling in order to meet counselor certification training requirements of the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) and Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA). There are two levels of education in Addictions Studies provided: an Associate in Applied Science degree and a certificate. Students who already possess a degree in Human Services may be particularly interested in this program.

Addictions Studies Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Addiction Studies is designed to give students an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a certified addictions counselor in Illinois through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) / Illinois Certification Board (ICB ). The Illinois Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA), under the Department of Human Services, requires all clinical staff working in a licensed addictions treatment program to be certified as an Addictions Counselor through IAODAPCA. Students who complete the Associate in Applied Science degree are eligible to take the credentialing exam for the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). Upon completion of this degree, the two-year work experience requirement will be met.

CertificationOnce you complete this program, the coordinator will provide you with information about professional certification organizations and procedures for becoming certified.

Moraine Valley's Addictions Studies Program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

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