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AODA - Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate
Program Code: 10-550-1

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Associate Degree: 3 Years, 69 Credits (Part-time, 4 or more years)
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) associate/counselor, you work with a team of health and social service professionals to provide substance abuse treatment services. These services include assessment, treatment, education, referral, prevention and rehabilitation for individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug abuse. As an AODA counselor, you are employed by licensed AODA treatment agencies such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities. Other employment opportunities are available in correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies. Additional degrees this program prepares the student for are Bachelor's in Human Services/Social Work and Master's in Counseling/Social Work.

Program Description

You are encouraged to acquire work or volunteer experience in the AODA or other human service fields prior to entering the program. Competencies developed throughout the program include counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation, crisis management, respect for clients' rights, and the complexity of addiction illnesses. Your courses involve classroom, laboratory and internship experiences and are frequently scheduled in late afternoon/evenings. This program is offered partially online. You may progress through the program on a full- or part-time basis.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: You will be required to complete a caregiver background check prior to participation in any internship placement. Do not submit these records until you are asked to provide them to your instructors. Criminal activity reported by the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be communicated to healthcare agencies which provide student internship opportunities. Agencies have the legal right to deny an internship experience based on criminal convictions. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history precludes you from your internship experience.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Associate Degree AODA program will function as an entry-level practitioner in multiple settings.

The graduate, using knowledge, skills and attitudes of the art and science of counseling, will be able to competently perform the following:

  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
  • Develop treatment plans.
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs.
  • Demonstrate service coordination skills.
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups, and families.
  • Provide education relevant to substance use.
  • Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal, and state guidelines.
  • Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical, and behavioral conduct.

FVTC's AODA program has been accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS). In addition, we have articulation agreements in place with state colleges and universities for students to pursue higher education.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Psychology, human biology/anatomy, human relations, English composition and speech are useful.

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Greg Delaney, MSE, CSAC at (920) 735-4779 or visit the department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program