Chemical Addiction Studies – Fort Peck Community College

Chemical Addiction Studies

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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Chemical Addiction Studies is designed to meet the requirement for the State of Montana 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.

*State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor Test

After graduating with this option, the student must complete 1,000 hours of supervised work experience in a state-licensed substance abuse program in order to apply for the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor test. This requirement is subject to change.

  • 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 (COMX 111 and WRIT 101 and WRIT 201) 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


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


*Program Requirements Based On FPCC Courses-All Transfer Students (credits) Will Be Evaluated On An Individual Basis