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Substance Abuse Counseling

Bachelor of Arts

Make an impact with a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling.

The addiction recovery field needs your compassionate desire to help people. Learn to counsel those with chemical dependencies by completing the Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling at Ohio Christian University.

OCU’s onsite and online Substance Abuse Counseling program is designed for your success—with flexible formats, relevant coursework, and affordable tuition. The B.A. in Substance Abuse Counseling is offered on campus and as an online degree program.

Whether you complete your Substance Abuse Counseling degree online or attend one of 15 campus locations, you'll learn from experienced instructors with real-world addiction recovery counseling experience. The onsite or online B.A. in Substance Abuse Counseling will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your addictions counseling career. OCU’s onsite and online Substance Abuse Counseling instructors and academic advisors will support you every step of the way.

On average, employees with a bachelor’s degree earn 56 percent more than those with only a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Take your Substance Abuse Counseling career and ministry to the next level with an onsite or online bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University.

B.A. in Substance Abuse Counseling Quick Facts

The Substance Abuse Counseling Major is designed to equip he person entering the addiction recovery field and to meet the 180 hours of chemical dependency education required for licensure in the State of Ohio.

To be licensed in the field of chemical dependency counseling in Ohio, there are three requirements that must be met. They include:

  • Completion of education specific to chemical dependency counseling. The BA degree program meets more than the minimum hours required. Ohio Christian University’s degree program is designed to meet this requirement of chemical dependency counseling education.
  • Appropriate supervision of chemical dependency counseling while employed in a treatment facility. For many students, this process begins after completion of the degree program.
  • Successful completion of the licensure test that is administered by the State of Ohio.

Students are eligible to apply to the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals board for Certified Chemical Dependency Assistant status (CDCA) once they have completed 40 clock hours (not semester hours) of chemical dependency training in specific areas.  The CDCA is required to seek entry level employment and to begin supervision required prior to taking the State test for licensure.   (Refer to www://  Click “Licensing” and scroll to “CDCD.”)

Those who live outside of Ohio or plan to relocate to another state, should contact the appropriate state licensure board to learn of requirements unique to that state. The names of the boards can be found online at the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium at

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Substance Abuse Counseling major should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Identify the needs of persons using assessment techniques, diagnostic criteria, and treatment planning.
  4. Utilize appropriate counseling techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
  5. Provide chemical dependency specific education to clients, families, groups and the community.
  6. Design and provide aftercare.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 36 General Electives
  • 48 Program Requirements

Required Courses

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