Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate
The Alcohol and Drug Counseling certificate program is designed for students interested in the field of alcohol and drug counseling. The program prepares graduates for the written test and oral examination which are required for Minnesota state licensure. Earning the 28-credit certificate may be stacked to an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies, allowing the student to practice under a temporary ADC licensure en route to earning a Bachelor’s degree within five years. (NOTE: the written test and case review must be satisfied as defined by
the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy). The certificate may also be added to a Bachelor’s degree, thereby allowing the graduate to practice upon successful completion of the state licensure exam.
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and Reading. Admission requires an ability to do college level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121.
Upon completion of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate, graduates will demonstrate achievement of program outcomes by being able to:
- Apply and demonstrate competency of counseling services to people with substance abuse disorders, as defined by the 12 core functions;
- Apply the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care;
- Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse;
- Demonstrate clinical writing skills for professional documentation;
- Apply laws, rules, and ethical guidelines related to the State of Minnesota and the addiction counseling profession; and
- Execute two practica (internships) over two academic semesters performing the 12 core functions for a total of 880 hours in clinical practice.
- A minimum of 12 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
- A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
- All ADCS courses must be completed at ARCC or have been approved for credit for prior learning.
- Students must complete a Certificate Application. Certificate Applications are available online, in the Office of Records & Registration, and in the
- Advising Center. Submit a completed form to the Office of Records & Registration.
- The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.
NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.
PROGRAM NOTE: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or educational program is required for licensure. Eighteen semester credits of alcohol and drug counseling academic course work; 880 clock hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling practicum, and written examination that demonstrates competence in the core functions must also be successfully completed for licensure.
ADCS 1110* Pharmacology for Substance Use Disorder 3 ADCS 1120* Substance Use Disorder Assessment 4 ADCS 1200* Substance Use Disorder Counseling 4 ADCS 1210* Substance Use Disorder Case Management 4 ADCS 2297* Substance Use Disorder Counseling Practicum I 5 ADCS 2298* Substance Use Disorder Counseling Practicum II 5
HPER 1102 Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco 3
The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.
Spring Semester ADCS 1110 3 ADCS 1200 4 ADCS 1120 4 ADCS 1210 4 HPER 1102 3 TOTAL 10 TOTAL 8
Spring Semester ADCS 2297 5 ADCS 2298 5 TOTAL 5 TOTAL 5
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Program Requirements 25 Wellness Requirement 3 Total 28
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