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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies prepares students to be licensed addiction counselors in the state of North Dakota and for other human service careers.
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Addiction Studies

What do addiction counselors do?
Addiction counselors work to prevent and treat addiction disorders. Working one-on-one in group sessions they help clients:

Where do addiction counselors work?
Addiction counselors work in a variety of settings, such as mental health centers, hospitals, prisons, private practice, and research institutions. They work closely with psychologists, psychiatrists and the legal system.

Admission requirements
There are no admission requirements for the Addiction Studies Program, however in order to graduate, students must have a 3.0 in the course requirements for the major.

Coursework and research opportunities
Addiction studies majors take general studies core classes, psychology classes, and courses from other disciplines to provide a broader understanding of addiction and treatment. Students will study the physiological effects of drug use, the dynamics of addiction, treatment methods, and receive practical experience in addiction counseling. Our students frequently conduct and assist faculty members with addictions research.

Course Catalog

Internship required for licensing
A nine-month supervised clinical experience is a requirement for licensing as an addiction counselor in North Dakota. We offer students internship opportunities in inpatient hospital and outpatient addiction treatment settings and a residential treatment center for adolescents. Graduates who complete their internships are eligible to take the state licensure exam.

Employment outlook
Employment of addiction counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations in 2020. The highest demand, 44 percent higher than average for most jobs, is expected in residential mental health and substance abuse facilities.

Is Addiction Studies right for you?
Being an addictions counselor can be extremely rewarding, but it also can be stressful. The rewards include helping clients and families improve their health, well being, and prevent future generations from experiencing similar problems. Challenges include large workloads, high demand for services, and limited resources. You may have to intervene in crisis situations and work with agitated clients; you will be taught techniques and skills necessary to cope with these situations.

Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, and Social Work
Our faculty members are sought after for their scholarly expertise and their contributions to the community. They have both the academic training and the real world experience to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective addictions counselor. Faculty members are involved in research related to addictions and are actively involved in state licensure and setting national standards for addiction studies education.

College of Education and Health Sciences
The College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health science. Please contact us for more information. Better yet, plan a campus visit so we can arrange a tour and meet face-to-face.

Contact Information
Vicki Michels, Ph.D.
Director of Addiction Studies
Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, and Social Work
Phone: 701-858-3594, 800-777-0750 ext. 3594
vicki.michels@minotstateu.edu