Addiction Studies

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career working to treat or prevent addiction? The Addiction Studies major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the knowledge, clinical skills, and hands-on experience you need to become a successful addiction counselor or preventionist. Our curriculum allows for concentration in prevention or treatment of substance abuse and includes in-class and online courses in mental health, drug education, psychology, sociology, first aid, addiction counseling, family systems, health education, community health problems, epidemiological research, and administration of health programs. Undergraduates earn the first of four levels of state certification and are fully prepared to continue the certification process or enter graduate programs in psychology, addiction studies, or other health-related fields.

As an Addiction Studies major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse professional and academic credentials, who are deeply committed to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. They provide individual attention and mentoring, guidance, and unique opportunities for their students to participate in service learning in the local community, develop websites and Public Service Announcements for in-class projects, work with cutting-edge technology, and network with local health care professionals.
  • Professional Development through extensive applied learning experience in the field with a 300-hour practicum position in the local health care system.
  • Employment Opportunities: providers of addiction counseling and addiction prevention in Arkansas and throughout the nation have expressed a need for certified professionals to work in treating and preventing substance abuse. Graduates from our program will be prepared to continue the certification process needed to work as independent counselors or in a variety of clinical and community settings, such as: hospitals, outpatient clinics, treatment centers, employee assistance programs, schools, family counseling, the criminal justice system, churches, governmental agencies and drug courts.

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