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.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
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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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Explore Other Learning Opportunities

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.


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

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.

Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

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.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, 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 Credits45
  • Major Credits111
  • Elective Credits24
  • Total Credits180

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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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.