Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Sciences — Substance Abuse and Addictions

Embrace your passion for serving members of your community with the Bachelor of Science in psychological sciences with a concentration in addiction counseling. In this psychological sciences program, you’ll learn the principles of substance use and addiction, including diagnoses, assessment and treatment. This applied psychology program prepares for careers in a variety of fields, such as behavioral health, education, nonprofit organizations and social services.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 30

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Why earn a degree in counseling and applied psychological sciences?

Applied psychological sciences connects theory to hands-on counseling practice. Different from the applied psychology program, courses in the substance abuse counseling concentration are tailored to counseling clients experiencing addiction. You’ll learn how to screen, assess, diagnose, create a treatment plan and provide interventions and treatment for those with substance abuse, behavioral addictions or other related conditions.

This concentration is an especially good fit if you have an associate degree in psychology and are looking to focus your upper division studies on substance abuse and addiction counseling.

What skills will I learn in this substance abuse counseling degree concentration?

 

The first of its kind at a public research institution, the substance abuse counseling degree concentration provides you with a wide range of skills transferable to a variety of behavioral and mental health setting, including:

  • Counseling microskills.
  • Understanding group dynamics relevant to substance use and addictions.
  • Foundational principles of substance use and addictions.
  • Applying counseling theory to practice.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Research methods.

After completing this psychological sciences degree, you’ll be well prepared to take on a variety of roles within the behavioral health field or continue your education.

Will this applied psychology degree lead to licensure?

 

While this program may set you on the right path for licensure, the degree itself does not directly lead to licensure as a counselor. You’ll need to pursue further study after graduation to fulfill licensure or certification. Requirements differ in every state, so it’s important to determine your specific career goals and the educational requirements needed to reach those goals.

Meeting the requirements for the Licensed Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT), students pursuing the substance abuse counseling degree are eligible for licensure as a technician in Arizona.

Will my bachelor’s degree in counseling and applied psychological sciences say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in counseling and applied psychological sciences. Your concentration in substance abuse and addictions will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

What jobs can I get with a degree in applied psychological sciences?

A substance abuse counseling degree concentration can lead to a variety of roles in behavioral health care delivery settings. Program graduates often go on to pursue roles in community agencies, mental health clinics and addiction treatment centers. You’ll also be well-prepared to pursue graduate studies that lead to state counseling licensure. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Addictions Counselor


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Advocate


Growth: 16.8 %
Salary: $35,960

Community Health Worker


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $42,000

Counselor (General)


Growth: 13.0 %
Salary: $45,760

Health Technician (General)


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Mental Health Counselor


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Substance Abuse Social Worker


Growth: 16.8 %
Salary: $48,720

Learn from licensed psychologists with rich clinical experiences

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Learn from licensed psychologists with rich clinical experiences

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Earn your applied psychology degree from an accredited, leading institution

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

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in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

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best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


 best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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