Addiction Counselor Certificate

Program Code - CIP Code: ADCN.CERT/51.1501
Credits Required: 34
Academic Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services

The Addiction Counselor training program at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) provides coursework designed to prepare individuals to become professionals in the field of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment.  Combining traditional theoretical and experiential learning, the Addiction Counselor training program offers students the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.  KCKCC works to provide an open and flexible learning environment. Scheduling and advising are tailored to the needs of students be they working professional, traditional students or nontraditional students. 

Upon satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements, students gain knowledge, skills and develop the attitudes needed to pursue work in the behavioral health fields, specifically, the substance use disorder treatment profession.  The knowledge developed through theoretical and experiential learning prepares the students for the pursuit of a career in the SUD treatment field.  Coursework is geared to nationally standardized best practices in the SUD field. Coursework prepares students for successful completion of the national exams established as standards for credentialing/licensure at state and national levels.

To be licensed as an addiction counselor in the state of Kansas, applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and complete specific coursework related to addiction counseling as outlined in state statute and regulation. (See: Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (KS-BSRB).  The courses in the addiction counseling program are specifically designed to meet the educational requirements of the bachelor-level addiction counseling license in Kansas.  Students not pursuing a career in Kansas are encouraged to seek out the relevant credentialing/licensure requirements of the state in which they plan to work. Advisors at KCKCC work to assist the students in understanding the requirements of state regulation and advise them accordingly in their academic pursuit. But, it is the students' responsibility to ensure they understand the requirements of the regulating body for the profession.

KCKCC is positioned with its lower fees, smaller class sizes and flexible scheduling to assist students in their work to fulfill many of the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board's academic requirements.   Coursework at KCKCC in addiction counseling also has been recognized by the state of Missouri Credentialing Board toward the requirements for certification as a Substance Use Disorder treatment provider (See: Missouri Credentialing Board for specific requirements). As with Kansas or any state, students are encouraged to explore and understand the regulatory requirements of the state in which they are pursuing a credential.


The Addiction Counseling Program is currently recognized as an approved educational provider with the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)  (Only the courses specific to Addiction Counseling are under this approval, general education courses are not).


Requirements for admission to the program:                      

  • Admission to the college.
  • Completion of an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree (consult with program specific advisor)
Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

Addiction Counselor Certification Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ADCN 0101 Introduction to Addictions++ 3
ADCN 0106 Individual Counseling Methods++ 3
ADCN 0204 Family Therapy*++ 3
ADCN 0205 Ethics: Addiction Counseling ++ 3
ADCN 0206 Problem and Compulsive Gambling* 4
ADCN 0209 Pharmacology: Addiction Counseling++ 3
ADCN 0210 Group Dynamics & Addictions 1++ 3
ADCN 0221 Counseling and Services Coordination *++ 3
ADCN 0250 Addiction Counseling Field Practicum I***++ 3
ADCN 0251 Addiction Counseling Field Practicum II***++ 3
PSYC 0297 Abnormal Psychology *++ 3
*See course syllabus for prerequisite.

*indicates prerequisites required

++indicates course required for state licensure (KS)

***Field practicum prerequisites required, minimum of 21 hours of technical hours completed, application and coordinator approval.  Also must have enrolled in ADCN course within the last 4 semesters.  Requires 300 hours of field experience.

Total Hours for an Addiction Counselor Certificate

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