This program prepares students to address the growing issues related to substance use and addictive disorders. The Addiction Studies coursework provides excellent training to students seeking employment in a broad range of professional areas such as community health, nursing, psychology, social work, and more.

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 CTS Coursework: 

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

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.