AODA Undergraduate Minor

Accredited by The Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association

Students who are interested in the AODA minor should speak to their program advisor as well as the AODA/Psychology Advisor to incorporate the program in their degree. This minor is a great compliment to any degree and helps increase the marketability of your skills in your career which can help with job placement.

About Certification

Students completing the ADOA training program will be eligible to take the Illinois State Certification Examination for their CADC administered by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association to receive their CADC . The goal of the program is to lead to employment in facilities such as:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Community agencies and organizations

The two-year work experience requirement will be waived for students who complete and IAODAPCA accredited program.


CSU course numbers are given in parentheses:

  • Intro to Psychology (1100) 
  • Childhood and Adolescence (2040) or Lifespan Development (2000)
  • Abnormal Psychology (2155)

*Students are required to take all prerequisite courses. Will not be given credit towards program requirements.

Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • Psychopharmacology and Theories of Substance Use Disorder (4300)
  • Family Violence and Addictions/Trauma Informed Treatment for Women and Adolescents  (4302)
  • Assessment, Planning and Case Management  (4303)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (4306)
  • Addictions Internship I:  Addictions Counseling (4307) (Includes 300 hours of field placement)
  • Addictions Internship II: Ethics and Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling (4308) (Includes 300 hours of field placement)

CSU Exams: Students must take English, Math and Reading Placement examinations

Students must receive a 'C' or higher in all courses.

Students will be required to do an internship of 600 field hours, which must be completed within a year and approved by the program coordinator.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. A key reason for the growth is that the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance providers cover treatment for mental health issues now as well as the shift in how the justice system is dealing with drug offenders. Rather than jail time, many offenders are receiving treatment-oriented sentences. Many counselors conduct session for individuals, families, and groups to provide case management and referral services. In Illinois, the salary for a Drug Abuse Counselor in 2012 ranged from $25,140 to $60,000. The median salary ranged between $24,580 to $37,700. It was noted that government employer paid highest waged.

Interesting Facts

  • 1 in 4 Americans will have an alcohol or drug problem at some point in their lives.
  • Almost a quarter of a trillion dollars of the nation’s yearly healthcare costs are attributed to substance abuse and addictions.
  • 60 % of admission to emergency rooms are either directly or indirectly due to drug or alcohol usage.
  • 50% of all traffic accidents involve the use of drugs or alcohol, with many of these being fatal.
  • Alcohol and other drugs contribute to over 50% of all suicides and over 50% of all violent crimes.
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.
  • More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.
  • The annual Illinois statewide economic costs associated with alcohol, other drug, and tobacco-related mortality is in excess of $3.5 billion.

AODA Program Coordinator/Advisor

Maryse Nazon, PsyD, CADC, MISA

Phone: (773) 995-2394


Course Descriptions 

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Questions. Walk-ins welcomed!

Phone: (773) 821-2885

Location: HWH 214