Alcohol & Drug Counseling, AS

Technology and Health Division
Degree S2101

In this program the student integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population as well as families and employers of chemically-dependent persons. The curriculum is designed to meet the credentialing requirements of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators. Students who complete this option qualify for employment in a variety of chemical-dependent settings.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

AD 1Alcohol/Drug Dependency3
AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol/Drugs3
AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery3
AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence3
AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education1.5
AD 6Dual Diagnosis3
Skill Courses
AD 8Group Process and Leadership3
AD 9Family Counseling3
AD 10Client Record and Documentation1.5
AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral3
Field Work Courses
AD 13Internship/Seminar4
AD 14Advanced Internship/Seminar4
Select two from the following:6
Child Growth and Lifespan Development
Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology - Honors
Marriage and the Family
Child Development
Total Units41

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Website 

Guided Pathway of Study

Eligibility Requirements

  • File a College application and be accepted as a student at Mt. San Antonio College.

Selection Procedures

  • All classes are open to all students who meet admission requirements and course prerequisites.

Special Instructions

  1. Restricted Electives must be taken prior to enrollment in Field Experience
  2. Restricted Electives can be taken in conjunction with core and skills courses
  3. Refer to Schedule of Credit Classes for sequence of courses
  4. For questions, call the division office at (909) 274-7500, ext.4750

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • May be exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
  • Exposed to products containing latex
  • Exposed to highly charged emotional environment which can be stressful intense

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criterion for admission, students are encouraged to be able to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and to ensure safety for themselves and others.

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators.

California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators
5230 Clark Avenue, Suite 3
Lakewood, CA 90712
(707) 722-2331

Explore Your Future in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and have not completed Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
AD 1 Alcohol/Drug Dependency 3
AD 3 Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Semester 2
AD 2 Physiological Effects of Alcohol/Drugs 3
AD 4 Issues in Domestic Violence 3
AD 5 Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education 1.5
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Intersession 2
HIST 1 History of the United States (Or any Area D General Education History or Political Science) 1 3
Second Year
Semester 1
AD 6 Dual Diagnosis 3
AD 8 Group Process and Leadership 3
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
LIT 3 Multicultural American Literature (Or any Area C General Education Humanities course) 1 3
Intersession 1
BIOL 1 General Biology (Or any Area B General Education Life Sciences course) 1 4
Semester 2
AD 9 Family Counseling 3
AD 10 Client Record and Documentation 1.5
AD 11 Techniques of Intervention and Referral 3
AD 13 Internship/Seminar 4
Third Year
Semester 1
AD 14 Advanced Internship/Seminar 4
PSYC 1A Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 15 Child Development 3
ARTB 14 Basic Studio Arts 3
 Total Units67

 The AS degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling requires the completion of General Education coursework. See GE Area course requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Be technically competent to safely practice as an entry-level alcohol & drug counselor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical & legal requirements for alcohol & drug counselors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and achieve entry-level professional goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and achieve entry-level professional goals.
  • Demonstrate competency in basic counseling skills commensurate with an entry level practitioner in the addictions counseling field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, intervene, and refer clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder to appropriate resources.
  • Students completing the certificate/associates degree program will demonstrate the ability to prepare and develop professional treatment plans and other clinical documentation.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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