Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development


LAC Program Requirements for Nonrelated Baccalaureate Degree Students

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We've created this helpful guide to see if your degree/background qualifies you for the LAC Certificate program.

Program Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree in Nonrelated Field

If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that is NOT in alcohol and drug studies, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, or a related field you will need the following general education course work:
  • Six semester credits (90 clock hours) in human behavior, sociology, psychology, or a similar emphasis
  • Three semester credits (45 clock hours) in psychopathology or abnormal behavior
  • Six semester credits (90 clock hours) of group counseling
  • Three semester credits (45 clock hours) of theories of counseling

You need an additional 18 semester credits (270 clock hours) in chemical dependency/addiction course work. Those credits/hours must be fulfilled in the following areas:

  • Addiction Assessment (60 hours)
  • Addiction Counseling (90 hours)
  • Pharmacology (30 hours)
  • Ethics for Addiction Counselors (15 hours)
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies (30 hours)
  • Addiction, Treatment, Planning and Documentation (30 hours)
  • Multicultural Competency (15 hours)
  • Co-occuring Disorders (30 hours)
You will still need the additional courses or supplemental training to fulfill the course work requirements for the LAC credential. Additional courses taken as part of the baccalaureate degree or taken post-baccalaureate may count toward your credentialing.