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Alcohol and Drug Counseling Overview

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Career/Program Overview

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (ADC) prepares graduates for temporary or full licensure with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health as Alcohol and Drug Counselors. 

The program is designed for students who want to learn more about chemical dependency issues and/or whom desire a career as an addiction counselor. Students gain valuable classroom knowledge in 12 core areas of addiction counseling theory, practice, and skill development. Through the required practicum placements in a licensed chemical dependency facility students gain valuable and necessary practical experience under the supervision of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

The program does not license a student as an alcohol and drug counselor. It does provide the minimum college coursework and practicum opportunities needed to apply for licensure in the State of Minnesota. Upon successful completion of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program at RCTC, students are eligible to sit for the IC & RC national exam and can apply for at least a temporary licensure with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral & Health. Graduates whom hold a bachelor's degree or higher are eligible to apply for full permanent licensure.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

The curriculum provides students with 19 credits of specific alcohol and drug counseling coursework in at least 12 core competency areas including: foundational theory, screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling skills, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, record keeping, consultation, ethics, multicultural aspects, pharmacology, and co-occurring disorders. An 880-hour practicum is the pinnacle of the academic experience.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Associate in Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. The degree includes the professional core of addiction coursework as well as the necessary general education credits.

RCTC also offers a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. The certificate option is designed for students whom have a bachelor’s degree or higher and focuses on the professional core of addiction coursework.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis and may begin either fall or spring semester.

All interested students must complete admission requirements prior to enrolling in the ADC courses.

Contact the Health Careers Advisor or Department Coordinator for the admission application.

Career Opportunities/Information

Graduates of the program may apply for temporary or permanent licensure as Alcohol and Drug Counselors through the MN Board of Behavioral Health. Graduates may also work directly in the addictions field as chemical dependency technicians, case managers, or residential managers.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The RCTC Alcohol and Drug Counseling AS Degree articulates with the Winona State University Bachelors in Social Work and the St. Mary University of Minnesota Bachelors in Psychology.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/alcohol-drug-counseling
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact


Overview content updated: 2015-03-31
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