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Bachelors Degree of Applied Science – Addiction Studies



The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Addiction Studies is designed to grow the professional management skills of the learner and meet the demand for leadership of highly technical professionals in the substance use disorder and mental health treatment workplace. Emphasis is placed on courses that enable the student to gain theoretical knowledge important for working in the field and to apply concepts to meet their occupational objectives. Upon completing all requirements, the student will be awarded a BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science) Degree.


Prospective students seeking bachelor’s degree admissions must meet the following criteria to be considered for acceptance:

  • An earned Associate Degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from an accredited post-secondary institution;
  • Field training and experience in alcohol and drug counseling, mental and/or behavioral health;
  • Other factors that support the likelihood of the career success of the candidate.


The program’s overarching objective is to provide advanced knowledge in addiction-related skills to increase employment opportunities for those individuals who desire to work in a setting with clients experiencing substance use disorder.

Potential career opportunities exist in various settings, including correctional facilities, disorder treatment agencies, government social services, halfway houses, hospitals, military/veteran’s programs, nonprofit agencies, outpatient/inpatient facilities, schools, and workplace treatment programs.


Graduates will be able to

•   Discuss the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in substance use disorder counseling.

•   Utilize research methodology in addiction, including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings.

•   Assess problems related to behavior and mental processes using analytical thinking.

•   Choose and apply the appropriate counseling principles, theories, and concepts to personal, social, and organizational issues and problems.

•   Associate the underlying ethical standards, values, and considerations in theory and practice in the discipline of substance use disorder counseling.

•   Demonstrate competency in using contemporary tools and technologies to screen, assess, treat, and evaluate client progress in real-world situations.

•   Analyze how treatment can improve interpersonal relationships across cultural boundaries in various treatment settings.

•   In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout the program.


The objective is to meet the requirement for trained individuals to secure employment in the field of addiction studies and provide the student with possible advancement opportunities.


In order to graduate, students must:

  1. Earn the required total number of credits for the degree
  2. Complete required coursework within the maximum time frame permitted.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  4. Achieve a minimum of 80% cumulative attendance.

Please note: InterCoast Colleges is offering its Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Addiction studies with interim approval from its accreditor, ACCET.  This Bachelor’s Degree is not currently approved for Title IV or VA Funding sources.  Final approval of this program is contingent upon the success of our accreditor’s application to expand its scope with the U.S. Education Department. If our accreditor does not gain Education Department approval, InterCoast will work with its students to maximize successful outcomes for their additional studies.