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We provide the professional education you need to meet a growing need for professionals skilled in addiction counseling and prevention.


Addiction Counseling and Prevention: Bachelor of Science

A bachelor's degree in addiction counseling and prevention enables an addiction counselor or prevention specialist to provide the highest quality of counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse or substance dependence. In addition, completion of the degree meets the academic standards for the state of South Dakota. For those outside South Dakota, individuals should contact their state addiction and prevention certification/licensure board to assure courses meet requirements for certification. Requirements may differ from state to state.

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Addiction Counseling and Prevention: Undergraduate Certificate (Online Only)

Our certificate program consists of 27 credit hours that prepare addiction and prevention professionals to meet the specialized academic course requirements for South Dakota certification. The required course work for the undergraduate certificate in addiction counseling and prevention can be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

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Four Year Program Guide


The Classroom & Beyond

  • Fully Accredited

    Our program is accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.

  • Career Opportunities

    A degree in Addiction Counseling and Prevention can lead to a number of careers in a number of work environments.

  • Student Experiences

    From an active student organization to intership opportunities, our students stay engaged outside the classroom.

After Graduation

Students with the ACP degree or online certificate are meeting a growing need for entry-level professionals in a variety of settings.

Potential Careers

  • Detoxification programs
  • Inpatient care facilities
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Recovery programs
  • Transitional programs
  • Schools
  • Community prevention programs

Alumni Outcomes

"Professors don’t just teach from textbooks, but from their past field experiences. The way they adapt course content to match today’s issues will make me a more successful addiction professional." Kelsey Barrett, '17 M.A. graduate