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 Master's-Level Students

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Program Requirements for Master's Degree in Counseling

If you have a master's degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited or equivalent program, you will most likely have met the general education course work requirements and many of the specific course work requirements for the LAC credential.*

Specific course work requirements:

  • Addiction Assessment (60 hours/4 credits)
  • Addiction Counseling (90 hours/6 credits)
  • Pharmacology (30 hours/2 credits)
  • Ethics for Addiction Counselors (15 hours/1 credit)
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies (30 hours/2 credits)
  • Addition, Treatment, Planning and Documentation (30 hours/2 credits)
  • Multicultural Competency (15 hours/1 credit)
  • Co-occuring Disorders (30 hours/2 credits)
CACREP or equivalent content that can be applied toward specific course work requirements for LAC credentialing:

Note: The state licensing board is the ultimate authority on what course work will count toward licensure.

  • Addiction Assessment: Conceptualization and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (DSM); meets up to 45 hours
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies: Graduate level alcohol and drug studies course; meets 30-45 hours
  • Addiction Treatment, Planning, and Documentation: Appraisal/testing course; meets up to 15 hours