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Addiction Studies Overview

Prepares entry-level addiction professionals by providing two addiction specific courses that have the education content areas and hours that meet standards for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certification (CDCA-Preliminary and CDCA-Renewable) through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP).  Additional information about the addictions credentialing process can be found on the OCDP website.  A grade of "C" or higher is required for the courses.


  • According to Department of Labor Statistics, the human service/social work area, addiction services, mental, and behavioral health is a growing area.
  • Complete this certificate with two courses--one in Fall and one in the Spring. Both courses are online so able to accommodate many schedules.

  • Available to students from any other disciplines who have an interest in working with clients concerning substance abuse or related addiction issues.

  • Human Service majors can take the courses not only to obtain the Certificate, but to fulfill their six credit hour technical elective requirement.

Career Opportunities 

Types of jobs after completion include:  Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA), Addiction Case Managers, Drug Court Staff/Services, Addiction Treatment Centers, Recovery homes

Addiction Studies Plan of Study