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As a National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)-approved education provider, Kaplan University can prepare you for a career assisting those suffering from substance abuse with a recognized degree by a national leader in the industry.While some of the career options in psychology in addictions may need additional requirements, such as specific experience and training, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology can potentially help you earn licensure or certification credentials in your state. Keep in mind that state credentials and their associated requirements vary from state to state. Therefore we encourage you to research your particular state’s requirements if these credentials are part of your ultimate goal.*A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that over the last 12 years, 22.5 million Americans required treatment for the abuse of alcohol and drugs. If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of those afflicted with addictions, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology may be the path for you. Psychology is the study of human thought, emotion, and behavior. Many individuals in our communities face the serious psychological issues of an addictive personality. Substance abuse is often one of the unfortunate results. Addiction professionals are trained to assist these persons, and are committed to help improve their quality of life.The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions at Kaplan University curriculum is designed to equip you with a fundamental understanding of the major concepts, values, theories, psychological studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to:
This online psychology degree helps you acquire knowledge and skills that can make you a desirable candidate for a wide range of careers.† It can also serve as a strong foundation for pursuing an online Master of Science in Psychology at Kaplan University.‡
The Kaplan University bachelor’s degree in addictions is designed for those who seek to become professionals in careers that assist people whose lives are affected by substance abuse, or who suffer from other potentially detrimental behavioral addictions, such as gambling.As a student, you will have the opportunity to examine the process of addiction, pharmacology, the recovery process, prevention, and case-management skills. You will also study ways to guide clients in maintaining their sobriety. This online degree could prepare you to pursue a career in clinical and educational settings working with youth and adults, or for jobs in substance abuse-treatment programs and public-health program initiatives.
Be aware that additional requirements must also be completed to take the NCC AP examination(s), including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements.‡
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Earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions can open the door to many opportunities. Some careers titles in the field include community health worker, addictions case manager, outreach specialist, and addictions treatment technician.*Possible work settings may include schools, government, and nonprofits; ranging from small agencies, halfway houses, and other assistance facilities to larger places of employment such as hospitals and corporate treatment centers.
Our bachelor’s degree could also help prepare you for continued graduate-level education in psychology, which could significantly broaden your career opportunities.
Please note, the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
Students enrolled in Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions can choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option. Designed for high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions while simultaneously completing four core courses in the Master of Science in Psychology. If you successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have applied and been accepted to the Kaplan University Master of Science in Psychology, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program. The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions and Master of Science in Psychology at a faster pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated Bachelor of Science-to-Master of Science option is subject to eligibility requirements.
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
Working as a human service professional demands an understanding of the differences and similarities in human behavior. This course will focus on the basic systems or influences that help to define, identity, and explain behavior. Students will examine how family structures, institutions, organizations, and communities contribute to the complex issues facing diverse populations in the twenty-first century. Students will examine ways to incorporate these theories to help them develop practical intervention skills.
The course exposes students to a broad array of social problems that affect the lives of many Americans. Students will gain insight and tools to analyze social problems, potential solutions, and the effects of these problems on individuals and society. Students will also reflect on their role as change agents for the clients with whom they work.
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course introduces students to the discipline of psychology and the Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program. The field of study and skill sets, and issues related to various psychological fields will be discussed. Students will research the psychology degree and course offerings along with their professional goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and theories of cognition including topics such as perception, attention, memory, decision making, and language in both children and adults. The course will also examine the brain regions involved in cognitive processes. Students will learn why an understanding of cognitive processes is important for psychology professionals and will apply the principles learned to a variety of settings.
This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the basic concepts of neuroscience as it applies to the practice of psychology. The aim of cognitive neuroscience is to explore the biological factors that influence behavior. This course provides an introductory study of brain development, neural framework, developmental brain disorders, mental processes, social cognition, and more.
This course will explore the physical,
cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and personality development
of human beings from conception through the end of adolescence.
Students will develop an understanding of developmental theories
and research methods used to investigate developmental change,
the theoretical bases for our understanding of how human beings
change, and the contextual and cultural factors that impact the
growth and development of children.
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
This in-depth course offers students a detailed look at the extensive research and practical approaches for identification, management, and prevention of stress. The health consequences of stress—physiological and psychological—will be discussed as well as the sociological and economic effects of untreated stress on society as a whole. Current approaches to stress reduction and prevention will be illustrated including mind/body therapies that have shown remarkable rates of success.
This course provides learners with a basic
understanding of the scientific method and how it applies to the
field of psychology. It addresses the research methods used in
psychology and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. It
also teaches learners when it is appropriate to use one method
over the other and how to evaluate the accuracy of the
conclusions of a study. Finally, it addresses the ethical issues
related to conducting research in psychology.
This course provides an in-depth study of the laws, ethics, confidentiality requirements, and protocols that guide clinical work in professional settings. The course provides you with a foundation in basic ethical theory as well as an understanding of diverse populations and knowledge of federal/state confidentiality laws. You will practice making ethical treatment decisions in real-world scenarios.
Personality is defined as a consistent pattern
of thinking and behaving; it is the basis of "who we are." The
theories regarding the development of personality are numerous,
and each contributes to the understanding of the factors that
define one's personality. This course examines the major
psychological theories of personality and explores research
dealing with the influence of genetic and environmental factors.
Students will apply various theoretical models to real-world
examples of normal and abnormal personality
Students will explore various models and theories of health psychology, examine current research, understand the psychosocial factors involved in the onset and treatment of physical disease and illness, and study the impact of stress on mental and physical health. The interaction of mental health and physiology will be highlighted through the study of chronic problems such as heart disease, cancer, and eating disorders. Students will examine the relationship between health psychology and the study of substance use disorders, including the impact of substance use on physical and psychological well-being. Special concerns of substance users will be addressed through examination of diverse topics such as tobacco use and HIV and hepatitis risk factors and treatment. Students also will learn to develop and implement educational health psychology programming and to explain how health psychology principles will apply in therapy.
This course examines the prevention, development, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders among youth and adults. Material is presented from a clinical perspective, including practical application of diagnostic techniques, especially pertinent for students intending to pursue a career in prevention or treatment of substance use disorders. Topics include the role of the brain in addiction; diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders; psychosocial factors involved in the development and maintenance of addiction; and models of education and treatment programs. Students will explore substance use disorders among diverse populations.
This course explores the foundations of
clinical psychology, including the history, practice, and
application of psychology in clinical settings. Students will
examine ethical and legal considerations in counseling, the roles
and responsibilities of therapist and client, clinical skills,
diversity issues, and professional development opportunities.
Current topics related to clinical practice will also be
This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.
PS 124 recommended
This course provides an overview of case management in mental health and substance use settings. Topics covered include: the roles and responsibilities of case managers and counselors, counseling skills, evaluation and assessment of client strengths and needs, treatment planning, administration of services, working within a treatment team, and discharge planning.
This course provides an in-depth study of the properties of alcohol and illicit drugs and their neurochemical effects on the brain. You will gain knowledge of each of the specific drug classes, basic pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, science of addiction, and the therapeutic use of medically managed prescription drugs in treatment.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions. You will apply and synthesize concepts learned in each of the major courses. The capstone course provides the opportunity to integrate and evaluate concepts/theories learned throughout coursework in several original and personalized assignments and to assess your level of mastery of the stated program.
Last term of study or approval of the Dean
Total Program Credits: 180
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Source for substance abuse statistic: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, on the Internet at http://www.centeronaddiction.org/addiction?gclid=CMbCvd7P7csCFdgegQodU7gNIA, accessed November 10, 2016.
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