The Master of Science in Addictions Counseling is an online program consisting of a 57.5-quarter credit curriculum (63.5 with practicum supervision) that meets the educational requirements for Certification as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Pennsylvania. The curriculum covers the knowledge, theory, and skill development areas as suggested by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and TAP 21.
Students will gain competence in best treatment practices related to substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral disorders, including assessment, motivational interviewing, recovery and relapse prevention, cultural diversity, and family systems theory. For students interested in a clinical practicum experience, the program offers clinical supervision as an optional component. Some, but not, all states require a practicum experience as a prerequisite to licensure or certification.