Dec 04, 2023  
RCC Catalog 2023-2024 
RCC Catalog 2023-2024

Addiction Studies, Certificate of Completion

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About the Program

Addiction Studies is a three-term certificate program. It is designed for individuals who need coursework to complete the educational requirements to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). In addition to the educational requirements, CADC certification requires 1,000 hours in the field and a passing score on the CADC exam. CADC status is a basic requirement for employment in the addictions field. Because some courses are offered only once per year, students may not be able to complete all requirements in a calendar year.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Addiction Studies Certificate of Completion are:

Apply principles of ethical decision making and practice ethical behavior in relation to self and others within the helping relationship.

Demonstrate skills in active listening with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

Entry Requirements

The Addiction Studies Certificate is a professional development curriculum requiring attendance at an Information Session and completion of an online application. For more details on Information Sessions, visit the Human Services website at

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Human Services Department Coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with a Human Services Department advisor to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C-” or better will receive their certificates.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Total Program Credits: 24-27

Program email address:

Program Prerequisites:


Prerequisite Credits: 0-8


Check-in with Advisor

Term Credits: 7-10


Check-in with Advisor

Term Credits: 9


Check-in with Advisor

Term Credits: 8


1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS 120  / CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Human Services Department:

Phone: 541-956-7500


Web address:

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