Chemical Addiction Studies

Every course in this certificate can be completed online and remotely. Students who complete this 25-credit program can pursue their Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) license and graduate ready to meet Montana's growing need for addiction counselors.

Addiction Studies Coursework:

CAS 140X Addictions and Diversity CAS 252 Gambling and Gaming Disorders in Addiction Counseling
CAS 231N Pharmacology and Addiction CAS 254 Co-Occuring Dissorders Assessment/Treatment
CAS 242 Fundamentals of Substance Abuse and Addiction CAS 260 Addiction Assessment/Documentation/Treatment Planning
CAS 243 Substance Abuse Counseling I CAS 261 Advanced Assessment/Treatment Planning
CAS 248 Substance Abuse Counseling II    

Academic Options & Employment:

Academic Options:

  • The Addiction Studies Certificate meets the required 330 hours of addiction education.
  • Combine the Addiction Studies CTS with a General Studies Certificate to complete an Associate of Arts degree.

Employment Outlook:

  • Substance abuse counselors positions are expected to grow 23% through 2030, much faster than the national average. 
  • About 41,000 openings for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
  • In May 2020, median pay for substance abuse counselors is $47,660 per year.