Addiction Counselor Education (AA)

Academic Plans, known as programs, include a overview description and a summary of program requirements. You can search the online catalog via the the Academic Plan links on the right for a desired program or a specific course information. 

Students who earn Clark College's Associate in Arts degree qualify to transfer to most Washington colleges and universities with junior standing. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as soon as possible.

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
Subtotal5
Oral Communication
Course Options5
Subtotal5
Quantitative Skills
Course Options5
Subtotal5
Health & Physical Education
Course Options3
Subtotal3
Humanities
Course Options 115
Subtotal15
Social Sciences
PSYC&100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
Select 10 additional credits/units from two other departments10
Subtotal15
Natural Sciences
Course Options 215
Subtotal15
Major Area Requirements
ACED 101SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY3-5
or HSSA&101 INTRO TO ADDICTIVE DRUGS
ACED 122INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS3
ACED 125GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS3
ACED 136LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING3
ACED 160PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE3
ACED 201THEORIES OF COUNSELING3
PSYC&200LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY 35
Additional Specified Electives4
Total Credits/Units90-92

Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional exam.
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings including individual and group counseling situations.