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Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies

Program Information

The Associate of Science (AS) in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies degree 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. The 28-credit Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate is completed as part of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies Associate of Science degree. Completion of the certificate allows 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).

Developmental Courses

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 program, graduates will demonstrate achievement of program outcomes by being able to:

    1. Apply and demonstrate competency of counseling services to people with substance abuse disorders, as defined by the 12 core functions;
    2. Apply the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care;
    3. Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse;
    4. Demonstrate clinical writing skills for professional documentation; and
    5. Apply laws, rules, and ethical guidelines related to the State of Minnesota and the addiction counseling profession.
    • A minimum of 60 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.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • 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.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


    NOTE: The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to contact an academic adviser at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation.

    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.

  • 25 credits

    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
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 32 credits

    Complete at least 32 credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goal areas. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1. Communication
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking
    3. Natural Science
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
      PSYC 1110 OR 4
      SOC 1111 3
     6. Humanities/Fine Art  
       PHIL 1110 OR PHIL 1200
     7. Human Diversity   
     8. Global Perspective  
    9. Ethical/Civil Responsibility  
    10. People and the Environment  
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.

    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.


    Fall Semester


    Spring Semester

    ADCS 1110 3 ADCS 1200 4
    ADCS 1120 4 ADCS 1210 4
    ENGL 1120/1121 4 CMST 1110/2215/2220 3
    HPER 1102 3 PSYC 1110 or SOC 1111 3-4 
    Gen Ed 1-2    
    TOTAL 15-16 TOTAL 14-15


    Fall Semester


    Spring Semester
    ADCS 2297 5 ADCS 2298
    PHIL 1110 or PHIL 1200 3 Gen Ed  10
    Gen Ed 7    
     TOTAL 15  TOTAL 15

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