Associate Degree in Addictions & Substance Use Disorders (ASD)

Gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to prepare yourself for a career in the ASD field with our nationally respected online degree program.

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (61-64 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250 (no additional program fees, including textbooks, for ASD courses)

Career Choices

The ASD degree and certificate programs will give you the skills and training you need to prepare for jobs in a wide variety of fields that include:

  • Addictions counseling
  • Adolescent & child services
  • Civil courts
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Human resources
  • Social-service case managers & caseworkers
  • Therapy
  • Welfare services

Classes You’ll Take

The ASD degree program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in ethics, communications skills, recovery, relapse, interviewing, documentation, ASD theories & techniques, family dynamics, and how to work with multicultural and diverse populations. If you've already completed both levels of our ASD Certificate of Completion program you're halfway towards completing your Associate degree.

 

  • What Will I Learn?
    • Identify symptoms of addictions and substance use disorders. (ASD100)
    • Describe the relapse process. (ASD100)
    • Demonstrate beginning skills in identification of co-occurring disorders. (ASD100)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical communication. (ASD102)
    • Describe the counseling process in terms of objectives and issues of the initial counseling sessions, middle phase, termination of counseling, and follow-up. (ASD102)
    • Describe how to establish the atmosphere for counseling, encourage clients and family members to establish counseling goals, commit to work on those goals, and to become involved in self-help groups. (ASD102)
    • Identify the major concepts and goals of major counseling theories. (BHS205)
    • Identify the fundamental principles of self-help groups and differentiate between counseling and self-help models. (ASD150)
    • Identify and critically analyze the twelve steps. (ASD150)
    • State the psychological and pharmacological effects of substance use/abuse. (ASD110)
    • Explain roles, functions, and limitations of the addictions and substance use disorders counselor. (ASD120)
    • Identify the professional standards for practice, ethics, and development for the addictions and substance use disorders counselor. (ASD120)
    • Describe strategies and treatment modalities recommended for working with persons with AIDS. (ASD145)
    • Identify and describe laws pertaining to confidentiality, maintenance of client records, and reporting child abuse. (ASD161)
    • Demonstrate ability to complete a psychosocial assessment, a mental status assessment, and progress notes. (ASD161)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    Semester 1 (12-18)  

    • ASD100 Foundations of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (3)  
    • ASD102 Communication Skills in Treating Addiction  (3)
    • ENG101 or ENG107 First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
    • COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication (3)
    • AAA/CPD115 or AAA/CPD150 Creating College Success or Strategies For College Success (0-3)  
    • HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design (3)  

    Semester 2 (15-18)

    • ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency (3)  
    • ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (1)  
    • ASD150 Principles of Self-Help Groups (2)  
    • CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (0-3)
    • SQ or SG Natural Sciences (4)  
    • PSY101 or PSY270 Introduction to Psychology or Personal And Social Adjustment (3)
    • Restricted Electives (2)

    Semester 3 (15)

    • ASD145 AIDS and Addiction (1)
    • ASD161 Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills (3)
    • ASD165 Theories and Techniques in the Treatment of Addictions (2)  
    • ENG102 or ENG108 First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
    • BHS205 Therapeutic Models And Interventions (3)  
    • MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3)

    Semester 4 (16)

    • ASD220 Family Dynamics and Addiction (3)
    • ASD250 Group Interventions (3)
    • ASD236 Relapse, Recovery, and Addiction (2)  
    • ASD226 Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (3)  
    • ASD275 Advanced Theory and Techniques in the Treatment of Addiction Disorders (3)  
    • ASD245 Co-Occurring Disorders (2)

    Restricted Electives

    • ASD130 Legal Aspects of Addiction (1)  
    • ASD215 Adult Children of Alcoholics (1)  
    • ASD280* Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Practicum (6)
    • ASD284 Current Issues and Addictions Seminar (0.5)  
    • ASD285 Addictions Seminar 1 (1-4) Note: ASD285 may be repeated for a total of four (4) credit hours
    • ASD285xx Any Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Seminar course (1)
    • ASD295 Advanced Foundations: Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Counselor Licensing/Certification Exams (3)
    • CPDxxx Any CPD Counseling and Personal Development course (1-3)  
    • PSY2xx* Any 200 Level PSY Psychology Course (3)  
    • SOC2xx* Any 200 Level SOC Sociology Course (3)  
    • SWU2xx* Any 200 Level SWU Social Work Course (3)

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

     

  • Part-Time Schedule

    Semester 1 (6-9)

    • ASD100 Foundations of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (3)  
    • ASD102 Communication Skills in Treating Addiction  (3)
    • AAA/CPD115 or AAA/CPD150 Creating College Success or Strategies For College Success (0-3)  

    Semester 2 (6)

    • ENG101 or ENG107 First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
    • ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency (3)  

    Semester 3 (6)

    • ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (1)  
    • ASD150 Principles of Self-Help Groups (2)  
    • Restricted Electives (2) ENG102 or ENG108 First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL (3)

    Semester 4 (6-9)

    • CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (0-3)
    • ASD161 Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills (3)  
    • PSY101 or PSY270 Introduction to Psychology or Personal and Social Adjustment (3)

    Semester 5 (6)

    • COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication (3)
    • ASD145 AIDS and Addiction (1)
    • ASD165 Theories and Techniques in the Treatment of Addictions (2)

    Semester 6 (6-9)

    • BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions (3)
    • MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3-6)

    Semester 7 (8)

    • HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design (3)  
    • ASD220 Family Dynamics and Addiction (3)  
    • ASD236 Relapse, Recovery, and Addiction (2)   

    Semester 8 (8)

    • ASD220 Group Interventions (3)  
    • ASD226 Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (3)  
    • ASD245 Co-Occuring Disorders (2)

    Semester 9 (7)

    • SQ or SG Natural Sciences (4)  
    • ASD275 Advanced Theory and Techniques in the Treatment of Addiction Disorders (3)

    Restricted Electives

    • ASD130 Legal Aspects of Addiction (1)  
    • ASD215 Adult Children of Alcoholics (1)  
    • ASD280* Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Practicum (6)
    • ASD284 Current Issues and Addictions Seminar (0.5)  
    • ASD285 Addictions Seminar 1 (1-4) Note: ASD285 may be repeated for a total of four (4) credit hours
    • ASD285xx Any Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Seminar course (1)
    • ASD295 Advanced Foundations: Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Counselor Licensing/Certification Exams (3)
    • CPDxxx Any CPD Counseling and Personal Development course (1-3)  
    • PSY2xx* Any 200 Level PSY Psychology Course (3)  
    • SOC2xx* Any 200 Level SOC Sociology Course (3)  
    • SWU2xx* Any 200 Level SWU Social Work Course (3)

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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