The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree program prepares learners to pursue careers as addiction counseling professionals, treating individuals with substance abuse/dependency disorders. The curriculum integrates theory, research, and practice. Graduates may work in a variety of settings including private practice, substance abuse clinics, group practices, and hospital settings.
A master's degree is a required by most states for individuals seeking the highest level of licensing and/or certification. This degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Arizona for the Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC). The Addictions Counseling program meets the educational requirements, in most states, for licensure or certification. Licensure or certification requirements vary from state-to-state, therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their state licensure or certification authority to assure that the degree requirements meet their state’s requirements.
The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Graduates will have fulfilled the CAADE classroom and practicum requirements and will be prepared to take the certification examination offered by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC). Once students pass the certification exam and complete the required supervised internship hours (2,240), they will be eligible for the CATC III (Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor III) offered by CAADE.
In addition, The International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) recognized Ottawa University's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program with the 2017 Outstanding Addictions/Offender Program Award.
The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is also accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). Ottawa University is an Approved Academic Education Provider through the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.