Where can I obtain specific information about the criteria for Addictions Certification?
All certification requirements can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification (IAODAPCA) Board at
800-272-2632 (within Illinois) or by visiting www.iaodapca.org.
What are some of the career opportunities for the certified counselor?
CADC's can seek employment in a number of substance abuse facilities, including inpatient, detox, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and
dual diagnosis programs throughout the state. There are hundreds of such licensed facilities in the state of Illinois and certified counselors will meet the eligibility requirements for such positions as
substance abuse counselor and related job titles. More information about career opportunities, including salary ranges, can be obtained by visiting our
career opportunities page.
What are the requirements of the practicum, and how do I get placed at a site?
In order to be eligible to begin work in the practicum setting, a student must
first complete a minimum of 30 credits in ADC coursework with a grade of
"C" or higher in each course, including all of the required courses in
the ADC-100 and 200 series. A formal application is required to be submitted to
the program coordinator who will approve students to enroll in the practicum
session. Once a student has been approved, the student will receive a copy of
the approved practicum site list and may begin contacting sites to arrange to
begin their practicum. The internship coordinator, will assist students
throughout the process and will work with the practicum site's supervisors to
ensure that all Moraine Valley and IAODAPCA requirements are being met at the
Are there any classes offered on evenings or Saturdays?
Moraine Valley is committed to meet students' needs in class availability. Currently, we have day, evening
and Saturday classes as well as online classes with an open schedule. Student input on class scheduling and class offerings is welcomed in order to ensure student satisfaction and to meet the needs of those students who may have special needs.
How will Moraine Valley's Addictions
Studies Certificate Program help me to obtain certification?
Our Addiction Studies Certificate Program is approved by IAODAPCA and
will prepare the student to meet the requirements in all 12 of the core function
areas required by IAODAPCA. Successful completion of the Addictions Studies
Program through Moraine Valley provides the student with the educational
requirements as well as the supervisory requirements through our internship
program, needed for state certification. An Associates degree or higher in the
Human Services field will also waive part or all of the work experience needed
for state certification.
Approximately how long will it take for
me to complete the Certificate Studies Program?
Moraine Valley offers two levels of training: Associate in Applied
Science Degree and a Certificate Program. The Certificate program involves
completing 44 credit hours of course work, which includes the completion of
500-hour practicum experience in an approved substance abuse facility. Students
may work at their own pace, taking one or more classes per semesters. The amount
of time it will take depend s upon the student's availability to take the
schedule classes and complete the required practicum hours. A suggest program
for the Certificate may be found using the following link:
The Associate's in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Addictions Studies
requires 64 credit hours, including 44 hours of addictions classes and 20 credit
hours of career electives. A suggested schedule for the Associate in Applied
Science Degree may be found using the following link:
Which program should I pursue - the
Associate in Applied Science degree or the Certificate in Addictions Studies?
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) and related
certification entities. 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 within two years of employment. 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 for certification is
The primary goal of the Certificate in
Addictions Studies Program is to give students who already possess a degree in
Human Services an opportunity to become certified alcohol counselors in Illinois
through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification
Association (IAODAPCA). Students who do not hold a degree in one of the Human
Services and who complete the Addictions Studies Certificate Program will also
be required to complete two years of work experience to meet the eligibility
requirement to challenge the CADC examination.
If I take the courses in Addictions Studies, will
I be prepared to take the certification exam?
Yes, classes offered are specifically designed to prepare a
student to take and pass the certification exam. Most Moraine Valley graduates
of Addictions Studies Programs challenge the
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
(CADC) exam offered by the
Illinois Alcohol and
Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
If I complete the Addictions
Studies Program at Moraine Valley, will I still need 2 years of paid
professional work experience in order to become certified?
If a student completes the Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Addictions Studies, the work experience requirement will be considered met by
the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
(IAODAPCA). This means that once a student completes the work necessary for the
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Addictions Studies all that remains is
for the student to take and pass the IAODAPCA Certification Exam. Once this is
done, the student will be fully certified!
A student who completes the certificate program
in Addictions Studies will need to follow the IAODAPCA guidelines requiring the
work experience requirement. The Program Coordinators will be able to assists
the student in exploring options to meet this part of the certification process.
I have taken similar courses at another
school, can I have these courses waived at Moraine Valley?
You may be able to have previously completed Addictions classes waived.
These decisions are made by the Program Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
First, only classes that you have earned a "C" or higher will be considered.
Next, students must submit copies of the syllabi and catalog descriptions of
coursework completed to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will
review the syllabi and catalog descriptions from your previous course work to
determine if your previous course work meets the learning objectives of MVCC's
Addictions Courses. This only applies to Addictions
classes. Students seeking waivers for general education classes
(Communications/Math/Humanities/Social Sciences, etc.) should meet with an
Academic Advisor. To make an appointment with an Academic Advisor, phone