Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling

July 01, 2021
August 23, 2021
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UC Online’s Bachelor’s degree in Substance Abuse Counseling prepares graduates for rewarding careers helping those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. Put your passion for helping others to work and learn how to treat America’s most harmful disorders. With summer, fall and spring start dates available, it’s easy to begin earning your degree right away.

Accreditations and Rankings

  • The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • The BS in Substance Abuse Counseling program is currently ranked #2 for The Best Online Bachelor’s in Addiction Recovery Programs on
  • The program is ranked #6 for Best Online Accredited Counseling Programs on

What is a Substance Abuse Counseling Degree at UC?

A substance abuse counselor works to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions learn how to modify their behavior with the goal of full recovery. In some cases the job involves working with individuals in a crisis situation; in others, clients may meet with you regularly throughout their recovery.

Since our online bachelor’s degree in substance abuse counseling is 100% online, you can earn your degree in as little as two years while balancing demands at home and at work; or you can pace your studies over a four-year timeframe. The program is also transfer-friendly, which means you may be able to transfer credits from previous coursework.

Benefits of UC’s Online Bachelor’s Degree

  • 100% online curriculum.
  • Flexible and student-centered option.
  • High-demand profession.
  • Help combat addiction and the epidemic of overdose deaths in the U.S.
  • Make a real difference in your community.
  • Prepare for a challenging and satisfying career.
  • Upon completion of the program, you may meet academic requirements for licensure in many states. Due to specific state by state requirements, we recommend you research state chemical dependency licensure boards for state-specific information on levels of licensure, certificates available and reciprocity across states.
  • Graduates of our bachelor of counseling program will have met academic requirements for licensure under the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board’s guidelines for Licensed Chemical Dependency counselor II and III (LCDC II and LCDC III).

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Our online Substance Abuse Counseling program continues to be ranked as one of the BEST Online Programs at #6 on for 2020.

Student Testimonials
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“UC Online's BS in Substance Abuse Counseling was the only bachelors’ program I found that focused strictly on substance abuse counseling. Studying online is the perfect fit for me.I find interacting with everyone to be quite easy. Even though we don’t see each other in person, I developed a camaraderie with some of my UCO peers, especially those in my last three semester classes. I find it to be much easier than I expected. Once you get into the flow of the courses, it is surprisingly easy to stay on track. Everything I learn at UCO informs my current role. My focus on prioritizing education and certification rewards me every day. I feel that I received a gift getting sober. The most rewarding thing about my job is that I get to pay that gift forward.”

Kathleen K.
SACN Student

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