written by: vrodbaz•edited by: Ronda Bowen•updated: 2/22/2011
The bachelor of science chemical dependency program prepares students for careers working with clientele who have drug, alcohol and substance abuse problems. While the requirements for each program differs, many programs take about two years to complete.
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Where do Chemical Dependency Counselors Work?
The bachelor of science chemical dependency degree prepares students to become chemical dependency counselors. Graduates often work for various organizations open to the community, such as public and private hospitals, mental health centers, as well as non-profit treatment centers.
Chemical dependency counselors often find jobs at out-patient clinics, hospitals, half-way houses and rehabilitation centers throughout the United States. Some of these positions are offered through the Department of Human Services and Social Service agencies.
Various types of jobs are available for graduates of a bachelor of science in chemical dependency. Job titles people with this degree obtain are positions such as, substance abuse counselors, treatment technicians, addictions specialist, addiction counselors and outreach counselors.
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What You Learn
Substance Abuse, Addiction and Mental Health Disorders-
In this program students learn how to work with people who have different addictions--from alcohol and substance abuse and chemical dependency. Instead of just focusing on addiction, the bachelor of science chemical dependency program is two-fold. In addition to studying the nature of mental health disorders--it also covers how substance abuse problems affect internal and external factors relative to the client.
Courses from Many Disciplines-
The courses in this program include classes from many disciplines. All of these courses provide students with the strong foundation they need to be an effective chemical dependency counselor. Some of the courses in the bachelor of science chemical dependency program are abnormal psychology courses that help students understand the impact of various types of psychiatric disorders and how they interfere with the life of the individual.
In addition, students learn how to properly screen clients and conduct assessments to develop treatment plans to suit the needs of each individual client. Students will also learn helpful case management skills as well as counseling skills, which enable them to guide clients throughout each phase of their treatment plans.
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How Long Does it Take?
A bachelor of science chemical dependency program takes between 3-4 years to complete; however, it all depends on whether the student attends school part time or full time. It also depends if the student is a new student coming from high school or furthering their associate's degree. In addition, program requirements differ across universities and how many course units students must complete to receive their bachelor of science degree.
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How Much Does it Cost?
According to CostOwl.com, the cost for in state tuition at a four-year college is $7,020, and the cost for an out of state college is $18,548. However, private four-year colleges may cost up to $30,000 or more.
If students need financial assistance there are a variety of financial aid programs students can utilize to help them pay for college. One resource is provided by the United States Department of Education. There are also a wide array of low interest educational loans students can apply for to help them in their educational endeavors.
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Accredited Bachelor of Science in Chemical Dependency Programs
There are a numerous accredited programs for bachelor of science in chemical dependency offered throughout the United States. One way to determine if a program is an accredited institution is to check with the Department of Education website. Here users must a type in the name of the institution as well as other demographical information to find out what type of accreditation it has.
Students can also refer to the list below to learn of institutions offering the bachelor of science in chemical dependency.
Western New Mexico University-Offers an accredited bachelor of science in chemical dependency and is the only university in the state that offers such a program. Students are expected to complete 74 credit hours in order to graduate and become chemical dependency counselors. It is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the New Mexico State Board of Education
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Minnesota- Offers an accredited bachelor of science in chemical dependency program. This program consists of 60 total course credits. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission both accredit this college.