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Associate in Addictions Counseling

If you want to help people overcome their painful addictions, the Associate of Art in Addictions Counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University should be your first move. With this program, you can move seamlessly into the bachelor’s in addictions counseling program we offer. Through this AA in counseling program, you can learn the foundational skills in assessing, creating treatment plans, and delivering care to patients with unique struggles. Discover how IWU helps students earn their addiction counseling degree in a flexible, faith-based learning environment.

Why Pursue My Associate Degree in Addictions Counseling at IWU?

There are several benefits to starting your addictions counseling education at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with years of experience working with patients struggling with addiction. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. We also provide all students a complete system of supportive services, from tech support to tutoring, to help ensure success in the program. In this campus-based program, you will benefit from faculty and advisors who want to help you succeed beyond graduation and prepare you for a bachelor’s level degree. We also lock in the cost of your education as soon as you begin this associate in addictions counseling program.

What Will I Learn in This A.S. in Addictions Counseling Program?

This addiction counseling degree is designed to help students learn introductory counseling skills while gaining knowledge of addictions, treatment methods, and other critical areas. Students engage coursework that mirrors real-world scenarios, supplemented by faculty who provide 1:1 support throughout the program. Course topics cover addiction theory, developmental psychology, abnormal behavior, professional development, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

36 Credit Hours


$540/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This A.S. in Addictions Counseling Program

The curriculum for this addiction counseling degree covers how to:

  • Explain the biological, psychosocial, and spiritual dimensions of addictions
  • Describe how God brings about holistic transformation through trained addictions. professionals within their therapeutic community/system
  • Relate evidence-based addiction counseling techniques to the assessment, treatment planning, and client/system change process
  • Evaluate theories and empirical evidence underlying addiction counseling practice
  • Discuss the pharmacological properties of major drugs and their impact on the brain and behavior
  • Apply principles of ethical practice with diverse populations.

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Social Worker
  • Education Counselor
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • And many others!

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

Associate Degree

  1. Completion of 62 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Completion of at least 24 semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; major requirements as prescribed by each department must be met.
  4. Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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