Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program

Career/Program Overview

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (ADC) prepares graduates for temporary or full licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, 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 whom desire a career working with chemically dependent people. Students who take classes in this program will gain valuable knowledge and skills in 12 core areas of addiction counseling theory and practice. Through the required practicum placements in a licensed chemical dependency facility, students gain practical experience, under the guidance and supervision of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or another qualified professional.

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 license with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral & Health.


The curriculum provides students with 19 credits of specific alcohol and drug counseling coursework in at least 12 core competency areas including: screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling skills, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, record keeping, and consultation. Foundational addiction , counseling theory, pharmacology, ethics, multicultural aspects, and co-occurring disorders are also taught. 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.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis and may begin either fall or spring semester. Currently, all but two of the Human Service (HS) Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ADC) core classes are open to any enrolled RCTC students. The two HS ADC core classes that are not open to all RCTC students are the clinical practicums.

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.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at:

The RCTC Alcohol and Drug Counseling AS Degree articulates with the Winona State University.

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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: