Addiction Studies


About This Program

Addiction Studies Associate of Applied Science is intended for those students who have completed who are seeking a Temporary Permit (ADC-T) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The certificate is intended for those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking licensure for Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The AAS degree and the certificate satisfies the 270 hours of classroom clock hours required and the 880 hours practicum hours (2 courses of Practicum are equal to 880 hours) required to obtain a temporary permit or license in the State of Minnesota. The coursework in this program will equip students with the intellectual tools and core counseling skills necessary to become an effective addictions counselor. During the practicum the student will practice and further develop skills under the supervision of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor at an approved practicum site. The practicum experience will cover the entire continuum of drug treatment and rehabilitation care including prevention, intervention, primary care, and aftercare. This program will provide the opportunity for students to develop proficiencies in the twelve core functions or TAP 21 of chemical dependency as defined by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. A graduate will have acquired an understanding of the concepts, principles, skills, methods, and techniques needed to work with those whose lives have been seriously affected by addiction or abuse.

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Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (60 credits)

Certificate (30 credits)

Mesabi Range - Virginia

Human Services Program

Program Features

Course Delivery

All courses designed to be delivered by distance learning: Zoom, Telepresence at Rainy River and Hibbing, and D2L.  Most classes will also be able to be attended In-person.

Career Opportunities

A variety of careers

Graduates may seek employment in substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder treatment programs; information, diagnostic, and referral centers; outpatient or follow-up care programs; halfway houses, schools, hospitals, clinics, prisons, social agencies; and programs supported by business, church, and government.

Meet the Faculty

Mary Kay Riendeau LADC, LSW, MSW

Human Services and Chemical Dependency Instructor

David Archambault LADC, BA

Addiction Studies Instructor

Bryan Johnson LADC, LSW, MSW

HS/ADDS Instructor

Additional Information


Minnesota North – Mesabi does have specific transfer agreements with Social Work programs at the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior leading to BSW degree. Agreements with other colleges are possible.