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BS in Addiction Counseling

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling is designed to train students in the area of addiction counseling and substance abuse treatment. Learn more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling is designed for students who are interested in addiction and substance abuse treatment. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants should be licensed health care professionals; they also should have earned an associate's degree.

Program Description:

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling program at Grand Canyon University have the opportunity to explore the foundations of drug and alcohol abuse and their effects on human behavior. The program is designed to teach students how to identify and treat chemically dependent clients through the study of the therapeutic process, pharmacology, group therapy, psychotherapy models, family dynamics and addiction, mental illness and addiction, and a substance abuse practicum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length

120 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Addiction Counseling Major

  • PCN 300: Foundation of Drug Abuse and Human Behavior (3 credits)
  • PCN 310: Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PCN 301: Foundation of Alcohol Abuse and Human Behavior (3 credits)
  • PCN 345: Co-Occurring Disorders, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
  • PCN 350: Group Therapy for Addicted Populations (3 credits)
  • PCN 405: Psychotherapy Models (3 credits)
  • PCN 420: Family Dynamics and Substance Abuse/Addiction (3 credits)
  • PCN 426: Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (3 credits)
  • PCN 450: Self-Help Groups (3 credits)
  • PCN 465: The Therapeutic Process and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PCN 480: Substance Abuse Practicum (3 credits)
  • HLT 310: Spirituality in Health Care

General Education

  • University Foundations (4 credits)
  • Effective Communication (9-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in English grammar or composition
  • Christian Worldview (4 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (11-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in college-level mathematics
  • Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics (6-8 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling program at Grand Canyon University may choose to further their education with a graduate degree. Most states require at least a master's degree in order to earn certifications to practice addiction counseling.

Possible master's degrees that graduates may pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Professional Counseling
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Career Paths:

Although the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling program at Grand Canyon University does not provide certification or license to practice professional addiction counseling, graduates of the program may still be able to work in other settings. Positions may be available in churches, community centers, and treatment facilities.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Addictions counselor
  • Program development
  • Rehabilitation group leader

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