Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology—Addictions

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Program at a Glance
  • The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions is accredited by NASAC.
  • Purdue Global is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider.
  • Coursework fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the NCAC, Level I and II certification exams.
  • Eligible for the Tuition Cap, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education.
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Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions Overview

If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of those suffering from a substance use disorder or other potentially harmful process addiction, such as gambling or eating disorders, a psychology degree may be the path for you.

Many individuals in our communities face the serious psychological issue of addiction. Substance use disorder is often one of the unfortunate results. Addiction professionals are trained to assist these individuals and are committed to helping improve their quality of life.

Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. 

As a student in this bachelor's degree program, you will:

  • Examine the process of addiction, pharmacology, the recovery process, prevention, and case-management skills.
  • Study ways to guide clients in maintaining their sobriety.
  • Focus on using the scientific approach to problem solving to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

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Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club for further networking and educational opportunities. An internship option gives you the opportunity to earn credit while building your resume and networking.

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NAADAC Approved and NASAC Accredited

Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider.

This program is also accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions can open the door to many professional opportunities. Possible work settings include schools, government, nonprofits, small agencies, sober living homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and corporate treatment centers.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Writing
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Social Perceptiveness

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The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

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Prepare for Certification

Students who complete the program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addictions Professionals' (NCC AP) National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I and II (NCAC I & II) certification examinations.* Applicants must meet additional requirements to qualify, including field experience and licensure requirements.

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You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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The BS in Psychology in Addictions curriculum is designed to equip you with a fundamental understanding of the major concepts, values, theories, studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology. 

Course topics focus on addiction science, assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and case management.

Sample Courses
  • Health Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Case Management in Clinical Settings
  • Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits121
  • Elective Credits26
  • Total Credits180

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*Refer to for full eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.