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Substance Abuse Counseling

The bachelor's degree program in substance abuse counseling is designed for students who are interested in careers in the chemical dependency treatment areas of counseling and prevention. Students are prepared through a program grounded in current research and proven practice in the field of substance abuse to be qualified clinicians. Substance abuse counseling instructors represent a broad range of experience, skills and knowledge in the field of substance abuse counseling. University faculty with research and training expertise and experienced practitioners in drug and alcohol treatment across many demographic groups and treatment settings make up the cadre of instructors.

Students in the substance abuse counseling program have the option of completing the bachelor of science degree as a main campus student or as an online, distance learning student. The main campus student will attend classes both in the traditional face-to-face delivery method, as well as experience classes delivered online via Blackboard - UC's advanced course development and delivery software. Distance learning students will complete their coursework entirely via the Blackboard platform in an asynchronous, computer-based format, with no obligation to travel to UC's campus.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18BS-SACN

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus with Distance Learning Options
ACT
21.0 - 25.0
SAT
970 - 1110

Department

Substance Abuse Counseling
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

361 Dyer Hall
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0014
CECH Student Services Center
Email: sacn@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Students who have an interest in working in the community to provide assistance to others are great candidates for the degree in substance abuse counseling. Students in the substance abuse counseling program may enhance their education by choosing an area of study within the degree requirements that can include child abuse recognition or another human service-related area.

Students who excel in the substance abuse counseling program often have very strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. In addition, having excellent written and verbal communications skills will assist these students to excel in the workforce in a number of positions.

Career Possibilities

The substance abuse counseling program was developed by academics, specialists in the area and practitioners in the field. An emphasis of the program is to help full-time students and career professionals gain the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to work in the field or to begin a career working with addicted persons.

Aspects of the program are also suited to those who may come in contact with and may need to assist addicted persons. In this regard, the program itself or the courses in the program are suited for probation, parole and corrections officers, social workers, mental health professionals, nurses and other medical staff, guidance counselors, psychologists and certified or licensed professionals who want to enhance their career potential and opportunities as well as clinical privileging with an addictions degree.

Upon program completion, students will have met all academic requirements for licensure under Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board guidelines. (Additional field practice hours are required for eligibility to take the state OCDPB license examination as well as other application requirements).

*Students who do not live in Ohio should access their state chemical dependency licensure boards for state specific information on levels of licensure, certificates available and reciprocity across states.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The substance abuse counseling program is offered through the School of Human Services in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). The faculty and staff continually work to ensure that students are trained in and practice both evidence-based clinical procedures and best practice-based clinical procedures. Students majoring in the substance abuse counseling program have the opportunity to work with professionals currently working in the field of substance abuse and counseling. Many of the courses are structured to provide students with a true feel of clinical experience in order to prepare them for the workforce.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Substance Abuse Counseling Curriculum

Predominant Program

    General Education Courses
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • MATHxxxx, Student must select one 3 credit hour college level mathematics course., 3
    • STATxxxx, Student must select one 3 credit hour college level statistics course., 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student must select one 3 credit hour Fine Arts (FA) or Humanities/Literature (HU/LT) or Natural Science (NS) course., 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student must select 33 hours of Free Electives., 33
    Substance Abuse Counseling Core Curriculum
    • SACN1000, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, SS, 3
    • SACN1005, Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention, SS, 3
    • SACN1010, Historical Perspectives in Substance Abuse Counseling, HP, 3
    • SACN2000, Basic Pharmacology, NS, 3
    • SACN2009, Alcoholism, SS, 3
    • SACN2011, Drugs and Behavior, SE, SS, 3
    • SACN2013, Stress Management in Clinical and Community Settings, SS, 3
    • SACN2021, Assessment and Diagnosis in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN2041, Foundations of Cultural Competence, DC, SE, 3
    • SACN2050, Drug and Alcohol Use Impacting Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Concern, SS, 3
    • SACN3012, Ethics in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN3016, Abnormal Behavior, 3
    • SACN3021, Co-Occurring Disorders in Treatment, 3
    • SACN3030, Advanced Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN3031, Theoretical Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN3032, Fundamental Substance Abuse Counseling Skills, 3
    • SACN4000, Group Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN4001, Substance Abuse Counseling for Families and Other Relationships, 3
    • SACN4002, Crisis Management Skills, 3
    • SACN4003, Maintenance Strategies for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery, 3
    • SACN4004, Case Management and Treatment Planning in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • SACN5000, Senior Capstone Experience, 3
    • SACN5050, Internship in Substance Abuse Counseling, 1 - 9

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

As part of the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the substance abuse counseling program offers flexibility with weekend courses and distance learning courses. Most courses are offered in the evening to provide convenience to adult students who work during the day.
 

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admission for details. 513-556-1100

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Be matriculated in the college for at least the last full academic year (the last two semesters preceding graduation).
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree in the Student Services Center by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Application Deadline:  Feb. 1*
  • Confirmation Deadline:  May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline:  July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline:  March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline:  April 1

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.