Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA)

Associate Degree

The Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Associate Degree program is designed for individuals interested in working with addiction issues. The AODA profession is held to high ethical standards to inspire respect, trust and confidence. Conduct of employees in this field must never compromise their ability to fulfill their professional responsibilities. To succeed, skills and character must include: emotional stability, maturity, self-awareness, self-discipline and personal responsibility; a minimum of one year free of substance use-related problems; an interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity; strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Potential employment includes: substance abuse counseling, correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies. Program graduates are eligible for licensure in Wisconsin as Substance Abuse Counselors-In Training, qualifying for entry-level employment in a rewarding career.

program at a Glance

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) 66 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg Fully Available

Approximate Cost

$14,977 (Tuition: $10760, Books: $4217)

Average Starting Salary

$35,443 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs
  • Demonstrate case management skills
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families
  • Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse
  • Document and maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines
  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavior conduct

Potential Careers

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Various community and social service agencies

Course List

To view the amount of credits or descriptions for the courses required within this program please view the course list.

Course List

Earn Credit for What You Know

This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Additional program Information

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

Graduates of the program will have the approved educational credential required by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for Substance Abuse Counselor.

All courses can be taken online for the Human Services AODA Associate Degree.

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.

Please Note

NTC's AODA Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training licensing criteria. However, NTC cannot confirm whether these programs meet licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure elsewhere will need to check with the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the program meets the requirement for licensure.

Criminal Background Check

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit www.ntc.edu/transfer for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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