Program Highlights:

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program prepares graduates for careers as addiction counselors by providing students with 19 credits of specific alcohol and drug (ADC) related coursework in the required 12 core competency areas (foundation theory, pharmacology, ethics, multicultural, co-occurring, screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling skills, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, record keeping, and consultation) needed for licensure application with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Furthermore, the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program provides students with the required 880 hours of practicum experience needed to apply for licensure with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The program is designed for students who want to learn more about chemical dependency issues and / or who desire a career working with chemically dependent people. Upon successful completion of the AS- Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program at RCTC, students are eligible to sit for the IC&RC national exam and apply for at least a temporary license with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health Therapy. For those individuals who currently hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field completion of RCTC’s Alcohol & Drug Program will allow you to apply for full  licensure status with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy . RCTC’s program does not license a student as an alcohol and drug counselor. However, it does provide the minimum college coursework and practicum opportunities needed to apply for licensure in the State of Minnesota.

Qualities and Characteristics Needed of Students:

  • Good spoken and written communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Openness to new ideas & diversity
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good crisis intervention and negotiation skills
  • Ability to think analytically and critically
  • Ability to read
  • Enjoy learning
  • Ability to facilitate and motivate individuals and groups
  • Ability to educate, teach and train
  • Ability to display empathy and genuineness,
  • Knowledge in addictions and mental illness
  • Knowledge in group dynamics
  • Knowledge in family dynamics / therapy
  • Knowledge of psychology, sociological, and spiritual concepts
  • Knowledge of judicial system and psychopharmacology
  • Ability to display good ethical decisions
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Optimism


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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