Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Addiction Studies Concentration

Addiction and substance use disorders impact all of us—our communities, our families, and our spirit. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, an estimated 21.5 million Americans have substance use disorders, and fatalities are still climbing. Discover how you can make a difference as an addiction and prevention professional.

Addiction studies students in the classroom

The mission of the addiction studies concentration is to assist you in becoming an effective addictions counselor by equipping you with the knowledge, competency, and skills needed to prepare for a state credential in addictions counseling. The requirements for certification or licensure in addictions counseling vary in different states, and the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Education has designed the concentration in addiction studies to prepare you to meet your state's requirements.

The addiction studies concentration is offered at all regional campuses.

Through our program, which offers academic and practical lessons in substance abuse theory, prevention, and treatment, you will advance in a fulfilling career, helping those who suffer from addiction to manage their conditions.

Graduates of our human services program with a concentration in addiction studies work in outpatient and inpatient substance use disorder, nursing, and residential care facilities, individual and family service agencies, state and local government offices, and other state, local, and private hospitals and centers.

To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 48 of which must be completed at Springfield College. Students may take the required and elective courses at Springfield College, or transfer in courses from other regionally accredited higher educational institutions. Credits may be awarded through the experiential learning process as outlined by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

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