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2022-23 RCC Catalog

2022-2023 Social and Behavioral Science, Education Pathway
Social and Behavioral Science, Education guided pathway at RCC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Certificate of Completion

If you are interested in this program and planning to start 2023-24, please contact Manny Pacheco at 541-956-7072 or [email protected]

About the Program

Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a five-term certificate program. It is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and need further coursework to complete the educational requirements needed to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). In addition to coursework, CADC certification requires 1,000 hours in the field and a passing score on the CADC exam. CADC status is a basic requirement for employment in the addictions field. Because some courses are offered only once per year, students may not be able to complete all requirements in a calendar year.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Alcohol and Drug Certificate of Completion are:

  • Apply principles of ethical decision making in the human services field and practice ethical behavior in relation to self and others within the helping relationship.
  • Practice therapeutic alliance and establish rapport with clients.
  • Demonstrate clinical skills.
  • Demonstrate specific skills in active listening with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Human Services is a limited-entry program requiring completion of an application that includes a writing sample and personal references. For more information on how to apply, including application deadlines, visit the Human Services website, www.roguecc.edu/humanservices. Students should be aware that certain prerequisites may apply for core course requirements.

Prospective students should be aware of entry requirements of human services agencies prior to considering human services as a career choice. Practicum placement may require passing a criminal history background check. The inability to pass this check may preclude completion of the program. Students in recovery seeking placement in substance abuse treatment programs may also be required to demonstrate two years of sobriety. More information is available from the Human Services Department.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Human Services Department coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with a Human Services Department advisor to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better, and passing the counseling skills competency requirement as demonstrated through a series of videotaped counseling interviews, will receive their certificates. Seven credits (231 hours) of documented practicum experience in an alcohol and drug treatment agency setting, supervised by a professional, is required.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.


Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites 1
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments


Fundamentals of Public Speaking


Required for graduation.


Applied Algebra I


Required for graduation; or higher-level math


Psychology of Human Relations


Required for graduation.


English Composition I


Required for graduation.


Concepts in Computing I 2


Required for graduation.
Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 15-17





Check in with Advisor


Introduction to Human Services


fall term only


Introduction to Practicum


fall term only


Drugs, Crime and Addiction




Motivational Interviewing


fall term only


Term Credits:






Interviewing Theory and Techniques


winter term only


Ethics for Counselors


winter term only


Group Counseling


winter term only


Co-Occurring Disorders: Introductory Theory and Counseling


winter term only


Human Services Practicum and Seminar


7 credits required for program


Term Credits: 14







HIV and Infectious Diseases


fall/spring terms only  


Principles of Client Record Management


spring term only


Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice


spring term only


Counseling Chemically Dependent Client


spring term only


Human Services Practicum and Seminar


7 credits required for program


Introduction to Gerontology

PSY228, 231

(only one program course approved)


Term Credits: 14



      Check in with Advisor


Introduction to Abnormal Psychology


Requires prerequisite PSY201


Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.




Human Services Practicum and Seminar


7 credits required for program


Term Credits: 11



1 May include additional classes based on placement scores.

2 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Human Services and Social Science Department.

Human Services and Social Science Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/humanservices
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

2022-23 RCC Catalog