Are you seeking a meaningful career path centered on making a positive impact in your community? Do you want to help motivate people to change their lives for the better? Let compassion evolve into action by earning your substance abuse degree online at SNHU.
The issue of substance abuse is a stark reality for communities across America:
While an immense burden to society, substance abuse also takes a toll on individuals and families. With the conversation shifting from creating tougher regulations and punishments for drug offenses to how to address the nation's substance abuse problem, the need for highly educated community workers with a background in substance abuse has increased.
For those passionate about helping substance abusers on the road to recovery, Southern New Hampshire University now offers the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse. This specialized online program serves as an important educational first step toward becoming a drug and alcohol counselor.*
*This program does not guarantee licensure; requirements vary by state.
SNHU's substance abuse degree online provides the training and tools you need to support sufferers of alcoholism, drug addiction and other substance use disorders as they endeavor to restore their lives and relationships.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your substance abuse degree online at SNHU include:
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors will grow 22% through 2024*. This much faster than average growth stems from the growing recognition of the widespread toll that substance abuse is taking on society.
With an SNHU substance abuse degree online, you'll be qualified to provide entry-level services to individuals, groups and families in residential addiction treatment facilities, outpatient addiction programs, state drug courts, prisons, mental health centers, community health centers and private practice. Most of these are full-time positions.
Potential job titles include:
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse, offered by Southern New Hampshire University, does not directly lead to licensure. It does provide a significant portion of the substance abuse coursework most often required for licensure. Students seeking licensure and/or certification may be required to complete additional coursework and will be required to complete fieldwork as prescribed by each state. Most states also require a passing score on a licensing exam.
The licensure process and educational requirements for drug and alcohol counselors vary from state to state. This program does not directly lead to licensure.
It is the student's responsibility to contact their state board or agency for additional information regarding the licensure process and educational requirements. If the student moves to another state, the requirements for licensure will likely be different from the state where the student currently resides, and the student is responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state to which he/she relocates. Southern New Hampshire University does not guarantee that the completion of this program will result in state licensure or certification.
To help guide you through this process, SNHU has provided information on individual state licensure boards.
Coursework for the BA Human Services concentration in Substance Abuse explores the trajectory of diagnosing, treating and reintroducing a recovering individual to a healthy, sustainable life. You'll learn about screening techniques, prevention strategies, pharmacological factors, and more.
The substance abuse degree concentration has been designed with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) in mind to teach you the 12 Core Functions of a drug and alcohol counselor, including:
Core courses in the human services degree curriculum highlight the importance of law and ethics, confidentiality and case management. The addition of the substance abuse concentration includes new courses that focus on each step of the prevention, intervention and rehabilitation process. The courses in the substance abuse degree online concentration are taught by instructors who are experienced in substance abuse counseling and have worked in the field for years.
The substance abuse degree online culminates in a capstone experience that allows you to apply what you've learned to the real world.
SNHU's bachelor's in substance abuse program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet at Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm (viewed online April 18, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.