Associate of Arts Degree Program

Admission into the Associate of Arts Degree Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies requires high school graduation and/or General Education Development (GED) equivalent. The requirements for the Associate of Arts degree program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies include successful completion of 300 hours of general education study, 45 Quarter units (450 hours) of required Lower Division core courses, and 15 Quarter units (150 hours) in an elective specialty:

The general education requirement includes a minimum of 50 hours in each of the following areas included in the total of 300 hours:

  • Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Science

The required Lower Division core courses include those courses listed (above) for the Addictive Disorders Certificate Program. PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of this degree program requires an Internship of 160 hours of supervised Alcohol and Other Drug training based on the curriculum contained in the TAP 21 Counselor Competencies documented by the appropriate agency supervisor(s) in an agency of the student’s choice. Breining Institute does not offer placement services, and it is the responsibility of the student to procure the internship position. The additional 15 Quarter units (150 hours) in elective studies may be chosen from one of the following specialties:

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Intervention and Prevention
  • Clinical Supervisor Course

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