VERMILLION, S.D. – The online M.A. degree offered by the University of South Dakota’s Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention has been rated as the No. 2 program of its kind in the country. This recognition comes from Best Medical Degrees, an independent publication dedicated to providing useful and accurate information about educational opportunities for health care professionals and perspective students considering a career in health care.
USD’s program was recognized because of its comprehensive health care approach, inclusion of relapse prevention coursework, examination of public policy and the study of case management and assessment of co-occurring disorders. The program’s competitive tuition cost was also noted.
The addiction counseling and prevention department was started at USD in 1973. The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates and a minor. Since its inception, the program has conferred more than 1,100 degrees.