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  Printed on 9/26/2020

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Share 10-550-1 Associate Degree (AAS)
Full Time
60 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Evening
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Help people break free from the grip of substance abuse. In this rewarding career, you will work with a team of health and social services professionals to provide alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment services. Through classroom, laboratory and internship experience, you’ll develop skills in counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation and crisis management. You’ll also learn how to respect clients' rights and understand the complexity of addiction illnesses. This degree prepares you for entry-level work in licensed AODA facilities such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities, as well as correctional facilities, employee or student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.

Career Opportunities

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • AODA Counselor
  • Treatment Specialist

Estimated Program Cost

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

This program will cost about $9,215.50*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $52.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $1,512.85*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Term Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct, legal regulations, and continue professional development, including technological advances in the profession.
  • Use a systematic screening assessment and level of care placement approach to clinical evaluation to include UPC and/or ASAM criteria.
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary team and the client to develop an individualized treatment plan.
  • Facilitate the process of referral to support systems and community resources to meet the client’s continuing care needs.
  • Provide case management services that include the coordination of available resources to focus on implementation and evaluation of the ongoing treatment plan.
  • Perform individual and group counseling with alcohol and drug abuse clients.
  • Educate clients and families with information on risks, prevention, treatment, and recovery resources related to alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Document the screening/intake process, assessment, treatment plan and prepare written reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data.
Program Accreditation/Certification
Fox Valley Technical College's AODA program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS).
Additional Information
Criminal activity reported will be communicated to healthcare agencies which provide student clinical and internship opportunities. Healthcare agencies have the legal right to deny a clinical or internship experience based on crimes committed. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history precludes you from completing any clinical or internship experience.

Students must obtain a C grade in each required general education and core course. If a C grade is not obtained, you will be required to repeat the course.
There is an estimated wait time of up to one year AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.
You will be required to complete a Caregiver Background Check prior to any internship or clinical experience.
This program may require professional licensure or certification, please refer to for additional information regarding accrediting agencies.

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