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alcohol and other drug abuse associate (aoda)


    Video: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate (AODA)

    Program Number: 10-550-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    Moraine Park’s AODA associate of applied science degree provides the foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience to prepare students to counsel and treat clients with substance use disorders. The program meets all educational requirements for counselor certification and prepares them for counselor certification examination. Upon completion of the associate degree in AODA, students are awarded 500 hours for being an approved program and an additional 468 hours of clinical experience for a total of 968 hours towards the required 4,000 hours of clinical experience needed for counselor certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Department of Safety and Professional Services of the State of Wisconsin.

    Graduates find employment as alcohol and other drug abuse associates/counselors. The associate of applied science degree meets the educational requirements for certification with the Department of Safety and Professional Services of the State of Wisconsin. Individuals in this AODA profession work with clients and their families to develop new lifestyles and coping methods for resolving personal conflicts without turning to alcohol and drugs for solutions.

    Listening, negotiating, planning, writing and counseling skills and the ability to assist others are important personal attributes of AODA professionals.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $33,598

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Critically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
    • Develop treatment plans.
    • 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.

    Career Opportunities

    • Substance Abuse Counselor (in training)
    • House Manager CBRF
    • Project Coordinator/County AODA Council
    • AODA Intake Worker
    • Crisis Worker
    • Relief Worker
    • Counselor Aide
    • Human Service Worker
    • Case Manager

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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    Term 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    550-106Physiological Complications and Psychopharmacology3
    550-112Client Rights, Confidentiality and Ethics3
    550-125Counseling Skills and Practice3
    801-136English Composition 13
    809-198Introduction to Psychology3
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    550-121Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment4
    550-140Counseling Theory and Practice3
    550-141Group Facilitation3
    550-142Introduction to Community Mental Health3
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    Term 3
    550-131Crisis Management2
    550-135Diversity in Counseling3
    550-150Family Systems3
    550-160On-Campus Talk About Alcohol1
    804-1xxMathematics Course3
     - OR - 
    806-1xxScience Course3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Term 4
    550-155AODA Internship Seminar3
    550-156Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Internship 14
    550-157Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Internship 24
    550-161Motivational Interviewing3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements66

    General Education Options

    View the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate General Education Course Options.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.