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Online Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies | USD

Science-based education with the convenience of online learning.

The online bachelor's degree in addiction counseling and prevention (ACP) combines a strong academic foundation with real-world experience in counseling and prevention and focuses on science-based addiction education. Our B.S. in Addiction Counseling and Prevention 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 and USD cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements in the state in which the student resides. Individuals outside the state of South Dakota should contact their state chemical dependency certification board to ensure courses meet their requirements which may differ by state. Please check with your certifying body regarding ability for degree-seeking students to complete course requirements in shadowing and internship opportunities.

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).

The Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention and our addiction counseling and prevention 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 Counseling and Prevention can be found at Undergraduate Admission Requirements.

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For more information about the online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Prevention, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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