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Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate

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Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate at a glance

North Central’s Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate program will prepare you with the entry-level skills and knowledge you need to work with individuals who deal with chemical dependency. This 18-credit certificate program is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a career as an alcohol and drug counselor. When you graduate, you’ll have the experience and knowledge you need to meet the educational and field requirements established by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for Licensure as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC).

Knowledge and skills you’ll gain

When you graduate from the Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate program, you’ll be prepared with knowledge and skills in:

  • Theories of chemical dependency
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Multicultural aspects of chemical dependency
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Core functions of alcohol and drug counselors

Potential careers

Our students work as licensed drug and alcohol counselors in Christian and secular contexts. Here are some places you could work:

  • Correctional alcohol and drug programs
  • Medical centers
  • Public social service agencies
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Adolescent programs
  • Older adult programs
  • Multicultural counseling agencies and clinics

Application requirements

Here are the requirements to be accepted into the program:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution
  • Apply and be accepted as a student to North Central University
  • Completion of PSYC125 General Psychology or its equivalent


The Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate program is 18 credits.

Find gainful employment information for this program.