Online BS ADS

Science-based education with the convenience of online learning.

The Online Bachelor's degree in Addiction Studies (ADS) combines a strong academic foundation with real-world experience in counseling and prevention and focuses on science-based addiction education. Our B.S. degree in Addiction Studies often qualifies graduates to meet standards for state, national, and international certification. We do not know if this program is structured to lead to licensure in other states. Individuals outside South Dakota should contact their state chemical dependency certification board if not within South Dakota to ensure courses meet their requirements which may differ by state. Participants of the Addiction Studies online should contact their State Certifying Body to ensure that addictions counseling courses meet certification requirements. Requirements may differ from state to state.  For details regarding South Dakota's certification standards, please refer to the Standards Manual of the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professional (BAPP). If you are not a South Dakota resident, please contact your State Certifying Body to ensure courses meet certification/licensure requirements. Please check with your certifying body regarding ability for degree-seeking students to complete course requirements in shadowing and Internship opportunities.

The ADS department and our addiction studies programs are accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and gives students the tools needed to meet the growing demand for professionals skilled in alcohol and drug prevention, education, counseling, and treatment.

Admission Requirements: 

Admission Requirements for the Online Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies can be found at Undergraduate Admission Requirements.

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For more information about the online Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at cde@usd.edu.

The closest university for addiction studies was 100 miles away, so I chose USD because of the convenience, as well as the expertise from the instructors and the reasonable tuition costs. Jose Duenes, '13 B.S. graduate, current M.A. students