Addiction Studies: AS Degree

The Addiction Studies A.S. degree program is designed for students pursuing employment as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor, also called Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC’s), in the State of California. AOD Counselors help individuals deal with substance abuse and dependency issues. It incorporates the Addiction Counseling Competencies published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Administration (

Career Opportunities

Multiple career opportunities are available as Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Case Managers, Behavioral Health Counselors, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Treatment Facilities Counselors. AOD Counselors can work in private non-profit and/or public substance abuse treatment agencies. The academic program follows the standards for the CCAPP which certifies educational programs.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the composition, physical and cognitive effects, addictive factors, and symptoms of withdrawal and overdose of commonly abused substances.
  2. Assess accurately persons using substances by identifying risk factors and behaviors to facilitate appropriate prevention, treatment, and referrals in the community.
  3. Use evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for clients and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  4. Identify ethical and legal requirements for professional development.
Degree Requirements
Required Courses
ADS-100Law and Ethics3
ADS-120Introduction to Addiction Studies3
ADS-123Counseling Theories and Techniques3
ADS-125Personal and Professional Growth3
ADS-127Case Management in Addiction Studies3
ADS-135Pharmacology and the Physiological Effects of Addiction3
ADS-193Supervised Practicum for Addiction Studies 13.5
ADS-194Supervised Practicum in Addiction Studies 23.5
HSRV-120Introduction to Human Services3
HSRV-124Working With Diverse Populations3
Total Units31

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

The following is a suggested course sequence and does not replace an educational plan created with you and your counselor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HSRV-120 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSRV-124 Working With Diverse Populations 3
English Composition 3-4
Recommended Electives 1 3
ADS-100 Law and Ethics 3
ADS-120 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
Math Requirement 2 3-5
Natural Science GE 3 3
Social & Behavioral Science GE 4 3
Recommended Electives 1 3
Second Year
ADS-123 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
ADS-125 Personal and Professional Growth 3
ADS-127 Case Management in Addiction Studies 3
ADS-193 Supervised Practicum for Addiction Studies 1 3.5
Recommended Electives 1 3
ADS-135 Pharmacology and the Physiological Effects of Addiction 3
ADS-194 Supervised Practicum in Addiction Studies 2 3.5
Humanities GE 5 3
Recommended Electives 1 5
 Total Units60-63