The Addictions, Mental Health, and Social Work Assistant degree program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to support people with diverse challenges and needs.  They are employed in settings such as community service centers, job and family services, mental health agencies, addictions centers, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, recovery houses, homeless shelters, and so many more. 

Graduates may be eligible for registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.  For students interested in a bachelor’s degree, this degree program is a great start by obtaining employable skills, while also having transfer opportunities into the Bachelor’s of Social Work or Addiction Studies programs.    


  • Option to take human service courses during day or evening.
  • Gain real-world experience by completing two fieldwork practicum placements.
  • Option to earn Credit by Experience if enter program with work experience in a human service setting.
  • Faculty have years of working experience in human service settings.
  • Significant scholarships available

Career Opportunities 

According to US Bureau of Labor, employment is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Plan of Study

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Professional Licensure Information

Students may be eligible to apply to the Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the registration of Social Work Assistant (SWA).

Additional Information

Addiction Services Certificate 

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Student Success Navigator
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