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 classes 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.