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Applied Studies: Addiction Counseling

North Central University’s Applied Studies: Addiction Counseling program will prepare you for a career in counseling those who struggle with addictions. Offered in partnership with Minneapolis College, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from Minneapolis College while pursuing a fulfilling career in an in-demand field.

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preparing you for success in a fulfilling career.

The Applied Studies: Addiction Counseling program, in partnership with Minneapolis College, gives you opportunities to focus on gaining the applicable knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on training you need to pursue a licensure and career in addiction counseling.

By earning a liberal arts bachelor’s degree from North Central University and a career specific associate’s degree from Minneapolis College, you’ll be a well-rounded, highly-skilled, marketable employee when you graduate. The broad worldview and critical thinking skills you’ll gain at North Central, along with the training and experience you’ll get at Minneapolis College, will help you land that first job right out of college and will give you opportunities to pursue a calling that’s professionally and personally rewarding.

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Get all the benefits of our Christian community

One of the best things about being a North Central University student is joining our spirit-filled, faithful, vibrant urban community. In the Applied Studies program, you’ll be a full NCU student, meaning you’ll live on campus, attend daily chapel with your friends and classmates, find mentors in NCU professors, and participate in student organizations and events.

Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of a well-rounded Christian liberal arts education. You’ll take the Christian Studies Core (and graduate with a Christian Studies minor) just like all North Central students. You’ll also take general education courses and electives at North Central. The Christian liberal arts education that North Central provides will prepare you with a firmly rooted faith, a broad and informed worldview, cultural and global awareness, and the critical thinking skills you need for any career field.

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Our Minneapolis College partnership gives you access to courses, resources, and expert faculty

By partnering with Minneapolis College, we can offer you access to career specific courses and training, opportunities to gain real-world experience, and expert faculty in the Addiction Counseling field.

Minneapolis College is a public two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis. As a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Minneapolis College offers a wide range of learning opportunities and has access to many unique resources.

These resources will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to find your first job out of college, succeed in your career, and pursue a calling that is fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding.

In the Applied Studies: Addiction Counseling program, you’ll take career-specific courses at Minneapolis College, accounting for 30-50% of the credits towards your bachelor’s degree.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Addiction Counseling program, you’ll be prepared with skills and knowledge in:

    • Counseling
    • Addiction diagnoses
    • Case management
    • Report creation
    • Referral and intervention
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Addiction counselor
    • Substance abuse counselor

    You could work in a variety of settings, including:

    • Treatment centers
    • Hospitals
    • Schools


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies: Criminal Justice degree.

Meet one of your professors



Email: ljburrel@northcentral.edu


Dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation

Associate Professor, Business Administration

Department: College of Graduate and Professional Education


  • Juris Doctorate, Southern University Law Center
  • Master of Business Administration, Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Northwestern State University

Professional Experience:

  • Licensed Attorney, Louisiana and Minnesota
  • Moot Court Board, Southern University Law Center
  • The Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty Publication, Southern University Law Center
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association Mock trial team, Southern University Law Center


LaToya Jones Burrell joined our faculty at North Central University in 2015. As of June 2020, she also serves as Dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Business Administration. She went on to earn her law degree, graduating in the top of her class, from Southern University Law Center. During law school, she was involved in several organizations, including the Moot Court Board, the Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty, and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Mock trial team. She has practiced law for several years and is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Minnesota. Her practice areas have included bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, mass torts, and complex litigation.

Professor Burrell also earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, where she earned a perfect 4.0 and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She has served as an Academic Counselor and Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and at Hamline University in the Legal Studies Department. Additionally, she has served as a Career Strategist at the University of St. Thomas, School of Law. She has a passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.

LaToya is married to Gregory and has two sons, Grayson and Garrison. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and loves spending time with her family.