Associate of Arts

Chemical Addiction Studies

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Chemical Addiction Studies (CAS) is designed to meet the requirement for the State of Montana’s Licensed Addiction Counselor. This program emphasizes the most up-to-date knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of addictions and accommodates students with a wide range of academic and career goals while preparing them for employment in the substance abuse treatment field. Students are exposed to both traditional and current counseling theories; the biological, psychological and social effects of addiction, and the opportunity to apply this knowledge using critical thinking and communication skills.

  • Define the models, theories, and characteristics of substance abuse and dependence, as they pertain to individuals, family systems, and diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biological, social, and psychological effects of various substances.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities of the addiction counselor.
  • Demonstrate competency in the documentation of assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries.
General Education Requirements
Core I Communications 9
Core II Mathematics and Science 8
Core III Arts and Humanities 6
Core IV Social Sciences (PSYX 100 & SOCI 101) 7
Core V Native American Studies 3
Core VI Computer Technology 3
Core VII Health (PSYX 150) 3
Total General Education credits required for degree 39
Chemical Addiction Program of Study
CAS 225 Group Counseling 3
CAS 242 Fundamentals of Substance Abuse & Addiction 3
CAS 250 Assessment & case Management Processes 3
CAS 295 Field Practicum 5
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HS 250 Interviewing & Crisis Intervention Skills 3
PSYX 240 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology


SOCI 260 Introduction to juvenile Delinquency

Total Program of Study credits required for degree 23
Total credits required for degree 62

*Due to the small number of students in FPCC programs, numbers have been withheld to preserve Fort Peck Community College students’ confidentiality.