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The Addictions Counseling degree prepares students to work with an addictions population while earning an associate's degree. Advanced training meets Illinois Certification Board standards for the addictions counseling certification (CADC) with a passing exam score.

For more information about Human Services, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: HUMAN.AAS.ADDIC

Program Requirements
HUMAN 1100Introduction to Human Services3
HUMAN 1113Interpersonal Dynamics3
HUMAN 1114Contemporary Practice Models3
HUMAN 1121Cross-Cultural Communications3
HUMAN 1125Introduction to Addictions3
HUMAN 1126Psychopharmacology for Addictions Counselors3
HUMAN 1180Interpersonal Violence3
or HUMAN 2240 Family Education and Treatment Models
HUMAN 2212Group Dynamics3
HUMAN 2223Field Skills1
HUMAN 2225Addictions Counseling I3
HUMAN 2226Addictions Counseling II3
HUMAN 2251Fieldwork I4
HUMAN 2252Fieldwork II4
HUMAN 2279Ethics & Legal Issues in Human Services3
HUMAN 2280Addictions Counseling III3
General Education
Select 19 credits 119
Total Credits64

In addition to the courses listed above.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
HUMAN 1100 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUMAN 1125 Introduction to Addictions 3
HUMAN 1113 Interpersonal Dynamics 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
SPEEC 1100
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
or Small-Group Communication
Second Semester
HUMAN 1114 Contemporary Practice Models 3
HUMAN 1121 Cross-Cultural Communications 3
HUMAN 1126 Psychopharmacology for Addictions Counselors 3
Gen EdMathematics 1 3-5
Third Semester
HUMAN 2212 Group Dynamics 3
HUMAN 2225 Addictions Counseling I 3
HUMAN 2226 Addictions Counseling II 3
HUMAN 2279 Ethics & Legal Issues in Human Services 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
HUMAN 2223 Field Skills 1
HUMAN 2240
Family Education and Treatment Models
or Interpersonal Violence
HUMAN 2280 Addictions Counseling III (Program Elective) 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Gen EdPhysical and Life Sciences 4-5
Fifth Semester
HUMAN 2251 Fieldwork I 4
Sixth Semster
HUMAN 2252 Fieldwork II 4
 Total Credits64-67

Explore PSYCH 2280 Statistics/Social & Behavioral Sciences or SOCIO 2205 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences for math requirement

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Meet with Human Services program advisor and faculty.
  • Complete application to the Human Services program.
  • Take placement tests.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • Identify three agencies where you would like to intern.
  • Explore BA transfer options.

Fourth Semester

  • Complete e-portfolio.
  • Finalize Fieldwork site.
  • Meet with faculty to request Fieldwork permit.

Fifth Semester

  • Revise e-portfolio.
  • Complete resume. 
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Submit CADC application.

Sixth Semester

  • Apply for graduation.
  • Take CADC Exam.