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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Program Details

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 (AODA) program is the right choice.

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 lifestyle free of substance use-related problems.
  • An interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Strong reading, writing, and abstract thinking skills.

In this program, you will learn the skills to help counsel those with substance use disorders including:

  • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
  • Develop treatment needs.
  • Facilitate referral to meet needs.
  • Demonstrate service coordination skills.
  • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups, and families.
  • Provide education relevant to substance use.
  • Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal, and state guidelines.
  • Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical, and behavioral conduct.

The program includes internship experiences over the last two semesters at clinical sites and treatment-providing agencies where students observe, integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired earlier in semesters and perform the substance use disorder counselor eight practice dimensions and 12 core functions (the basic tasks and responsibilities that constitute the work of a substance use disorder counselor) with the guidance of a clinical supervisor.

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

Just the Facts

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA)
70 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,722

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

How To Enroll

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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Statistic #1
2 Years
Earn a Degree Fast

Graduate from the Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) program in just two years.

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Statistic #2
Make More Money

Our recent AODA graduates reported an average starting salary of $28,535.

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Statistic #3
Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) program.
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  • AODA Counseling/Interviewing
    Introduction and application of basic counseling/communication micro-skills used in individual and group therapy.
  • AODA Assessment and Treatment Planning
    Practice clinical evaluation/assessment and treatment planning for substance use disorders.
  • Ethics and Public Policy
    Apply federal and state guidelines to case examples in the areas of confidentiality, clients' rights, dual relationships, fraudulent behavior, and other ethical issues.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Addictions Counselor
  • AODA Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Counselor
  • Court Assessor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

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Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 12% growth is projected in alcohol and other drug abuse positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

A career in substance use disorder counseling gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life.

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