Montana State University

MSU launches online program for addiction counselors

May 19, 2009

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Montana State University is offering a series of fully online courses for counselors interested in earning certification in the addictions counseling field.

The course, which is tailored to both Montana and out-of-state residents who have a master's degree in counseling, leads toward the state Licensed Addiction Counselor credential as well as the national Master Addiction Counselor certification. The program is offered through MSU Extended University's Montana State Online by the MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development

Students may complete the online program in one or two years. For instance, students with a master's degree in counseling will need as few as 9 to 12 credits to meet the course requirements to become a licensed addiction counselor. Post-baccalaureate students will require additional coursework.

The program is designed to meet State of Montana licensure requirements, but coursework also may apply to other states. Out-of-state students should check their state's general licensing criteria.

More information, including requirements for students with an unrelated bachelor's degree, is available at: or call Jill Thorngren at (406) 994-6329.

Lisa Brown, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6550,