Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology—Addictions
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.
- Students can earn a Peer Recovery Support Specialist Micro-Credential and prepare to sit for the NCAC National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) certification exam.
- Gain competencies for management with a concentration in business foundations.
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.
Students will also earn a Peer Recovery Support Specialist Micro-Credential after completing a specific set of courses.
See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.
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.
Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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).
You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.
Ways to Save
Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.
Prior Work Experience
You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.
Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.
Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.
Prior Military Experience
We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.
Prepare for NCC AP Certification Exams
National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I and II (NCAC I & II)
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.
National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Certification Exam
Upon completion of specific program requirements, and if you meet the organization’s additional requirements, you may be eligible to obtain the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Certification.
Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific requirements. Applicants will also need to complete additional requirements to take the NCAC examination(s). Students are highly encouraged to visit www.NAADAC.org for additional state-specific licensure requirements.
Accelerated Master’s Degree Options
Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. While you earn your bachelor’s, you can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in one of the following areas:
- Applied behavior analysis
- Criminal justice
- Educational psychology
- Higher education
- Homeland security and emergency management
- Human services
- Instructional design and technology
- Legal studies
- Public administration
What Courses Will I Take?
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.
- Health Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Case Management in Clinical Settings
- Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs
- Core Credits45
- Major Credits111
- Elective Credits24
- Total Credits180
- Core Credits45
- Major Credits111
- Elective Credits4
- Concentration Credits20
- Total Credits180
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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:
- Active Listening
- Reading Comprehension
- Social Perceptiveness
Top Jobs With This Degree
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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.
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*Certification and Licensure: The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare students for licensure in any state upon graduation. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. Visit www.NAADAC.org for additional state-specific licensure 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.