About This Program

Tuition

Bachelor's: $6,000 per semester, full-time
Per credit hour: $500

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State Specific Scholarships

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Curriculum

Available at the following campuses

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Addiction universally impacts communities, families, and the spirit. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, more than an estimated 21.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with addiction disorders.

The mission of the addictions studies concentration is to assist students in becoming effective addictions professionals (counselor or peer or certified prevention specialist) by increasing relevant and critical skills, knowledge, and competencies in addiction-focused health care organizations, which specialize in addiction, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support, and education. The concentration provides a multidisciplinary approach to addictions and its related areas of focus (mental health, counseling, prevention, and community engagement). The concentration is designed to align with national and local certifications and licensure organizations.

 

The addiction studies area can provide a sense of clarity amongst those who are addiction and prevention professionals. It can further offer treatment and recovery services into the larger health care system, which will increase access to care, improve quality of services, and produce improved outcomes for those who suffer from addiction.

Addiction Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

(12 credits)

  • Substance Use and Abuse: From Prevention to Treatment
  • Social and Political Issues in Addiction
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Planning, Advocacy, and Administration of Addiction Services

Sample Elective Courses

(12 credits)

  • Nature, Assessment, and Treatment of Food Addiction
  • Dynamics of Case Management
  • Public Health Policies for Obesity and Food Addiction
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Adolescent Development in Context
  • Coping with Disease and Death
  • Family Counseling and Understanding Diverse Cultures
  • Law and Legal Advocacy

Create Your Own Flexible Schedule

Choose a fully online substance use disorder counseling degree program or a hybrid program, which includes a mix of online and in-class courses. Whichever you choose, we are prepared to support you. Please note that all concentration courses are delivered online.

Hybrid Evening Courses

Tuesday and Thursdays evening classes (typically twice per month), approximate 50:50 split between face-to-face and online hours

Hybrid Weekend Courses

Saturday and Sunday classes (typically twice per month), approximate 50:50 split between face-to-face and online hours

Fully Online Courses

All coursework is completed online in a social and interactive learning environment

 

To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 45 of which must be completed at Springfield College. In order to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with the substance use disorder concentration, you must take the 12 required credits in substance use disorders, plus an additional 12 elective courses. Students may take the required and elective courses at Springfield College, or transfer in courses from other regionally accredited higher education institutions. Credits also may be awarded through the experiential learning process.

Student Projects

Recent projects by students in our addiction studies concentration:

  • All in For Springfield, addressing gambling addiction on the Springfield, Mass. campus in response to MGM's casino in downtown Springfield.  
  • Addressing the Effects and Consequences of Substance Abuse among African American Males in Rhode Island
  • Serenity EROS (Empowering Recovering Opportunities for Success)
  • The Broken Bird Transitional Housing Program
  • Methadone to Abstinence Program
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