Human Services - Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Associate Degree


The Human Services Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Associate Degree program is designed for individuals interested in working with youth, the elderly, corrections clients or providing services to the disabled while focusing on addiction issues. The degree prepares learners for entry-level positions in a variety of human service agencies. Graduates will work with a team of health and social service professionals to provide substance abuse treatment services including assessment, treatment, education, referral, prevention and rehabilitation for individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug abuse. Potential employment includes: Substance abuse counseling, correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.
Graduates will be able to

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Criminal Background Check

A current criminal background check must be on file before starting internships.

Note: A record of specified criminal offenses may bar or restrict an individual from:

  • course work involving a clinical/practicum/internship experience
  • licensure and future employment in this occupation

Students declined for a field placement based on criminal background may not be able to finish the Field 1 and Field 2 courses and hence would not be able to graduate. For any questions about your criminal background, contact a program faculty as soon as possible to have the background evaluated.

Also see...Criminal Background and Health Records

Field Experience/Internship Sites

Locally located internship sites cannot be guaranteed. Students may have to move or drive a distance in order to complete internship courses. Scheduled internship attendance days and times for which students must be available vary by agency. Program faculty select, assign, and maintain college contracts with internship sites.


Graduates of the program will have the approved educational credential required by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for Substance Abuse Counselor.
Online courses may be taken as part of the Human Services AODA Associate Degree.  However, due to Department of Safety and Professional Services regulations (SPS 166.03(4)), no more than 180 hours or 30 hours of any content area may be completed through Internet based course work.
Successful completion of the Human Services AODA Associate degree may be exchanged for 500 hours of supervised experience of the 4,000 hours of work experience required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services for substance abuse counselor licensing.