Recently, the Guide to Online Education included Ohio Christian University in its “Top Online Colleges for Substance Abuse Counseling Degrees.” OCU ranked 18 of 20 institutions. This is a privilege and honor to be included.
The field of substance abuse counseling has gone through many changes. In the 1970s, “paraprofessional” counselors could provide services in drug treatment centers. Many were recovering persons who understood addiction firsthand. I have the greatest respect for these individuals because many were my mentors who provided invaluable insight into the world of the addict. I remain indebted to them.
Today, leaders in the addiction field have created standards based on evidence-based practices in treatment. In other words, what really works to help the clients and their families? In many states, a bachelor’s degree is the minimal entry-level degree.
Ohio Christian University provides an online Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. This allows many busy adults to complete the educational requirements needed in Ohio, as well as many other states.
Most states require a minimum of 270 clock hours of substance abuse specific education as a part of the degree program. This is equivalent to 18 semester hours of coursework. Online students who complete the program will have completed more than the required hours.
Before enrolling in any degree program, the student should check with his or her appropriate state board concerning requirements. These can be located at http://icamprc.memberlodge.com/ through the Member Board Directory link.