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Addiction Counseling

Addictions Counseling Program Description

Accepting applications for Autumn 2021

Become part of the treatment team. Experience Ohio’s only two-year program that prepares you for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor. Gain practical experience through immersion in residential, diversion, outpatient and prevention practicum sites where you will gain hands on real world professional experience.

The Addiction Counseling program prepares students to enter the field as Chemical Dependency Counselors who wish to work within the fields of chemical dependency, criminal justice and corrections. Students can also enter the field as Chemical Dependency Counselors working in a wide variety of environments including outpatient, residential, inpatient, and community based settings.

This program is particularly suited to those students who primarily wish to enter the workforce upon completion of their associate degree. However, in addition to preparing students to enter the workforce, this program also prepares students to continue their education in the fields of counseling, education and human services at four-year colleges.

Addiction Counseling Degree at Hocking College

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career in Addiction Counseling Provides a Future of Positivity

The demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors has grown much faster than average.

Job growth is strong in this field, with an expected increase of 34 percent in the number of Ohio jobs in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Addiction Counseling:

  • Demonstrate and implement basic knowledge of counseling theories and techniques to diverse populations
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of addiction theories to the clinic
  • Maintain professional standards and ethical boundaries
  • Gather clinical information systematically to assess and support diagnosis and ongoing treatment
  • Compile and complete accurate documentation in a timely manner
  • Practice respectful interpersonal awareness and clinical leadership skills
  • Maintain, encourage and contribute to professional development
  • Interface with allied community support and prevention services

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 42%
2015 - 2016 38%
2014 - 2015 36%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 20.9%
2015 - 2016 24%
2014 - 2015 7.14%

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