Academic Programs

Addictions Counseling Emphasis

Associate of Arts Degree
Program Description
Sioux City Campus

The Addictions Counseling program is a transfer program that could be continued at a four-year institution as part of a bachelors degree. Its important to consult with your advisor as you take courses to ensure they meet the requirements at the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer. Academic requirements: All coursework in this program must be a grade of C (70 percent) or better. No more than 50 percent of all coursework may be through distance learning (online, correspondence).

Program Overview and Opportunities: Upon successful completion of this two-year program, the student is awarded an Associate of Arts degree (AA). This program follows the prescribed education track to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in the state of Iowa. In addition to the educational component, the student must complete 1,000 clock hours of supervised experience in substance abuse counseling and pass the certification exam administered through the Iowa Board of Substance Abuse Certification (

In order for the experience to count toward certification, the hours must be completed no more than three years after taking the certification exam. Addiction counselors may work in licensed facilities that provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation and mental health services. With additional education and experience, individuals may pursue such careers as licensed clinical social worker, mental health counselor, chemical dependency counselor, clinical therapist, certified addiction drug therapist, and/or social worker (MSW).

As many as 65 percent of people with alcohol and other drug dependencies suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders (Hazeldon pub. 2008). The term co-occurring disorder has replaced the term dual diagnosis when defining individuals with at least one substance dependency disorder in the presence of at least one major mental disorder, including major depression, bipolar disorder, or a psychotic disorder such a schizophrenia. The substance abuse counseling field is a career area that is expected to grow in employment opportunities by 34 percent in the next few years. 

Required Classes

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
ENG 105 Composition I 3
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
POL 111 American National Government 3
BIO 163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
ENG 106 Composition II 3
PSY 241 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 180 Social Work Interactional Skills 3
SOC 216 Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse 3
LIT 101 Introduction to Literature 3
MAT 121 College Algebra 4
SOC 212 Diversity 3
SOC 217 Study of Drug Use and Abuse 3
ART 101 Art Appreciation 3
PSY 121 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 120 Marriage and Family 3
SPC 112 Public Speaking 3
PSY 295 Addictive and Mental Disorders 3
PSY 932 Internship OR 1
SOC 932 Internship 1
MUS 100 Music Appreciation 3


Rhonda Briggs, EdD, Ext 1202 Room L322
Deb Gifford, MEd, Ext 1354 Room L322
Jill Moravek, PhD, Ext 1443 Room L322
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4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Call 800.349.4649 or 712.274.6400