Addiction Studies

A.A.S. Degree

The field practicum noted in the career guide is specifically designated for the field of addiction treatment and is overseen by the Washington Department of Health. It is therefore subject to the regulations of that agency which require the passing of background checks and counselor registration before placement in an approved field site. Field practicum from other social services related placements is not interchangeable because agencies must meet DOH licensure for CD treatment and because training-hour content is very specific. The faculty advisors at Spokane Falls Community College will gladly assist students with this process.

The Addiction Studies program includes classes in substance drug abuse, social services, counseling skills and other related topics that help individuals become effective with people who have drug problems. In addition, the training program includes practical fieldwork experience that provides students an opportunity to apply what has been learned and learn from the actual work experience.


For current certification requirements for alcohol/drug counseling in Washington State, please contact the program coordinator at Spokane Falls Community College or the Department of Health, CDP Division, Olympia, WA.

The one year certificate program offers a certificate from our college, which is not a substitute for State certification. The one year curriculum assumes that students have completed other college work. The state of Washington has a minimum requirement of 90 credit hours of education of which this certificate is only a part. You will need to demonstrate to the Department of Health that in addition to the certificate courses listed here, that you have a MINIMUM total of 90 approved credit hours, half of which are the certificate courses.

Prerequisites for entry into this certificate program include HSSUB 131, ENG 101 and GBUS 102.