Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

For individuals interested in becoming addiction counselors, GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse. Addiction counselors may be interested in working in a variety of supervised settings including private practice, rehabilitation clinics and mental health centers. Some graduates of the addiction counseling degree program will immediately pursue a counseling position whereas others will be prepared to obtain their graduate degree in counseling.

Coursework in the addiction counseling degree provides a foundational knowledge in theoretical approaches to counseling. Students will focus on substance use disorders, addiction and treatment, and ways that adults, children and adolescents struggle with these disorders. The family dynamics of addiction are also examined as well as methods that can be implemented for relapse prevention. Counseling skills courses and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the focused coursework list.

Completion of the addiction counseling degree may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national and international certification/licensure for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers. Participants should contact the appropriate certifying/licensing body to ensure that courses meet certification/licensure requirements.

*Select states may require additional practicum hours to be completed to meet the standards for certification/licensure in that state, students should reference their Enrollment Agreement for state specific practicum requirement.

PCN-490: Practicum I 4 credits
PCN-491: Practicum II 4 credits
Total Additional Practicum Coursework 4-8 credits

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $2,830 $3,900
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $56,350 $68,150
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate N/A N/A
Median Private Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Mental Health Counselors
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