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The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Addiction Studies is designed to grow 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 completion of 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:

● High School Diploma or GED is required.    

● This is a 2 + 2 Degree Program. An earned Associate Degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from an accredited post-secondary institution is required. Applicants must meet the equivalency of all courses required in the InterCoast Colleges AAS degree program listing, including the successful completion of at least 255 documented hours of supervised clinical internship. 

● California certification is preferred upon entry into the BAS program. If certified, the applicant is required to provide documentation. If the candidate is not currently certified, the applicant will be required to enroll in a “no-credit” exam preparation course with InterCoast Colleges to prepare for the certification examination


The program’s overarching objective is to provide the alcohol and drug treatment field with knowledgeable and skilled counselors who are eligible to apply for California certification in five specialty areas to increase their employment opportunities in the treatment community. This program provides the necessary knowledge, skill, and attitude development needed to be effective in the treatment of alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse.

Potential career opportunities include 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 a variety of 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 and demand for certified counselors, secure employment, and provide the student with possible advancement opportunities. This course meets the education requirements to register with the California Association for Alcohol Drug Educators – Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (CAADE’s ACCBC). For further details in receiving certification in the field of recovery and obtaining field credentials through ACCBC please visit their website at In addition, the program exceeds the didactic and supervised fieldwork internship requirement standards of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) for future certification. For further details in receiving certification in the field of recovery and obtaining field credentials through CCAPP please visit their website at Graduates applying for future CADC-I credentials must have achieved a grade of “C” or better in all core modules.

This Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program is designed to provide the required knowledge and training to prepare graduates to apply for additional CCAPP (California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals) Specialty Certifications including CCS / Certified Clinical Supervisor, CCJP / Certified Criminal Justice Professional, CCPS / California Certified Prevention Specialist,  CRPM / Certified Recovery Program Manager, MATS / Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist, IS / Intervention Specialist, and WTS / Women’s Treatment Specialist.


In order to graduate, students must:

1. Earn the required total number of credits for the degree, pass all required courses with a minimum grade of a C, and complete required coursework within the maximum time frame permitted.

2. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

3.  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.