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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-550-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • AODA Counselor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor 

If your healthy lifestyle includes low-risk choices regarding substance use, the ability to work independently and within a team, and a desire to use your written and oral communication skills to help others, the Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Program could be the career training for you.

AODA associates are held to high ethical standards to inspire respect, trust, and confidence. Your conduct must never compromise your ability to fulfill your professional responsibilities. To succeed, your skills and character must include

  • emotional stability, maturity, self-awareness, self-discipline, and personal responsibility.
  • a minimum of six months free of substance use-related problems.
  • an interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • strong reading, writing, and abstract thinking skills.

This program offers you opportunities to learn skills you'll use every day in your career:

  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs
  • Demonstrate case management skills
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups, and families
  • Provide culturally relevant education related to substance use
  • Document and maintain clinical records per agency, federal and state guidelines
  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavior conduct

Program graduates are licensed in Wisconsin as Substance Abuse Counselors-In Training, qualifying for entry-level employment in a rewarding career.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 70
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 85 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
ACT Reading: 23 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (only used for course placement)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.