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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Associate of Applied Science Degree


The program is designed for individuals interested in working with addiction issues. Through classroom, laboratory, and internship experience, students will develop skills in counseling, diagnosis of addiction issues, treatment planning, group facilitation, and crisis management. Students will learn to ensure client confidentiality and adhere to ethical guidelines. The degree prepares students for entry-level work in licensed AODA facilities such as clinics, hospitals, community residential facilities, and various community and social services agencies. Students are eligible for licensure in Wisconsin as Substance Abuse Counselors-in-training.


Program Outcomes

  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Facilitate referrals to meet individual needs and state placement guidelines
  • Demonstrate case management skills
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families
  • Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse
  • Document and maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines
  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavior conduct


Students must have a grade of "C" or better to progress in core courses in the following semester and a grade of "C" or better in all core courses to graduate. A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 is required for graduation.


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