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USD Ranked Highly for Best Online Bachelor's Degree in Addiction Recovery Programs

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s addiction counseling and prevention online bachelor’s program ranked sixth in a review of national online addiction recovery programs by

The addiction counseling and prevention department (formerly addiction studies) focuses on science-based addiction education with real-world experience. The 120-credit online bachelor’s degree makes students eligible for addiction/prevention credentialing through the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals.

According to the ranking, the need for substance abuse counselors will likely grow 20 percent by 2026. With a degree in addiction counseling and prevention, students have a variety of career options including, addiction counseling in inpatient and outpatient care facilities, parole officer, shelter director and more.

The complete list of top schools is available online.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News