Bachelor of Arts in Addictive Disorders

Admission into the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Addictive Disorders requires high school graduation and/or General Education Development (GED) equivalent. The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree include successful completion of 300 hours of general education study, 45 Quarter units (450 hours) of required Lower Division core courses, 15 Quarter units (150 hours) in an elective specialty, and 90 Quarter units of Upper Division Addictive Disorders courses (which will include a 5,000+ word Thesis of original work.)

The general education requirement is the same as is explained within the Associate of Arts degree program description. The required core courses include those courses listed above for the Addictive Disorders Certificate Program. (PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the lower division units in the Breining Institute Certificate 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 in elective studies are those identified within the Associate of Arts degree program description above, or comparable studies completed at an approved or accredited institution. An Associate of Arts Degree in Addictive Disorders (or in a closely related discipline) earned at an approved or accredited institution may satisfy the General Education and Lower Division requirements.

The Upper Division courses in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program will include 90 Quarter units from the following:

  • Advanced Physiology
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Co-Dependency
  • School and Youth Prevention
  • Program Administration and Supervision
  • Advanced Individual and Group Counseling Psychotherapy
  • Women’s Issues in Addiction
  • Men’s Issues in Addiction
  • Drinking Driver Program Operation
  • Special Problems for Cultural and Lifestyle Differences
  • Employee Assistance Program Development and Operations
  • Assertiveness Training and Anger Management
  • Special Problems in Sports and Performance Drug Addiction
  • Thesis – 5,000+ paper of original work

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