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Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology - Addictions

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A bachelor’s degree in psychology in addictions from Purdue Global can prepare you for a career helping people with a substance use disorder.

A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that more than 1 in 7 Americans abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.* If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of those affected by a substance use disorder, earning a psychology degree may be the path for you.

Psychology is the study of human thought, emotion, and behavior. For many individuals facing a substance use disorder, issues with family, interpersonal relationships, and other psychological concerns are often a result. Addiction professionals are trained to assist those with substance use disorders and other addictions to help improve their quality of life.

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NAADAC Approved and NASAC Accredited

Purdue Global is an NAADAC-approved education provider. The NAADAC is also The Association for Addiction Professionals.

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

Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions Program Highlights

Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions degree is designed for those who seek to become professionals in careers that assist people whose lives are affected by substance use disorders, or those who suffer from other potentially harmful process addictions, such as gambling or eating disorders. The program’s curriculum focuses on building a fundamental understanding of the major concepts, values, theories, psychological studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to:

  • Addiction science
  • Assessment
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Treatment
  • Case management

As a student, you will have the opportunity to examine the process of addiction, pharmacology, the recovery process, prevention, and case-management skills. You will also study ways to guide clients in maintaining their sobriety.

This online psychology degree helps you acquire knowledge and skills that can make you a desirable candidate for a wide range of careers, such as those in clinical and educational settings working with youth and adults, as well as jobs in addictions-treatment programs and public-health program initiatives.

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Prepare for Certification

Graduates of Purdue Global’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions will have completed the coursework required to sit for the National Certification Commission for Addictions Professionals' (NCC AP) National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I and II certification examinations.

Please note that additional requirements must also be completed to take the NCC AP examination(s), including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements. Visit the NAADAC site for full eligibility requirements, including specific state-by-state information.

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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other under­graduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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A Fast Track to a Master’s Degree

Our bachelor’s degree could also help prepare you for continued graduate-level education in psychology, which could significantly broaden your career opportunities.§ Students enrolled in Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions can choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option.

Designed for high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions while simultaneously completing four core courses in the Master of Science in Psychology. If you successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have applied and been accepted to the Purdue Global Master of Science in Psychology, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program.

The accelerated option allows you to earn your Purdue Global Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions and Master of Science in Psychology at a faster pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated option is subject to eligibility requirements.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What Are the Career Opportunities?

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions can open the door to many professional opportunities. Some careers titles in the field include:

  • Community health worker
  • Addictions case manager
  • Outreach specialist
  • Addictions treatment technician

Possible work settings may include:

  • Schools
  • Government
  • Nonprofits
  • Small agencies
  • Sober living homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate treatment centers

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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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


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What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum focuses on using the scientific approach to problem solving to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. Courses include:

  • Personality Development
  • Health Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Case Management in Clinical Settings
  • Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits121
  • Elective Credits26
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

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*Source: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, “What is Addiction?”,

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 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.   

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.

§The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

#Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.