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

For individuals interested in becoming addiction counselors, Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse. As an addiction counselor, you may be interested in working in a variety of supervised settings including private practice, rehabilitation clinics and mental health centers. Upon graduation of the addiction counseling degree program, you can immediately pursue a counseling position, or perhaps use this degree in counseling as preparation to obtain your graduate degree in a related field.

Coursework in the addiction counseling degree provides a foundational knowledge and theoretical approach to therapy rehabilitation. You will focus on substance use disorders, addiction and treatment, and ways that adults, children and adolescents struggle with these disorders. Family, sociological, economic, biological and psychological factors related to addiction are also examined as well as methods you can implement for relapse prevention.

Counseling skills, advanced case studies, legal issues, ethics, treatment strategies and various addictions’ connection to our physical, mental and spiritual well-being complete this focused coursework list. An understanding of multicultural factors and its possible effects on cognitive thinking, addictive personality traits and prevention is also studied.

Case management, relapse treatment and crisis intervention are discussed later in the program, along with psychopathic and advanced treatment options.

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

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.