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MS, Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling

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The Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling Master's Program is a 62 credit-hour program which generally takes a full-time student two years to complete. The course work includes a combination of classroom and clinical study. Graduates are eligible for licensure as a Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) upon passing an examination and the completion of a supervised work experience. Students graduating from the Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling program are provided a one-year reduction in the experience requirements for licensure by the N.C. Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Without our degree, the required experience for this license is two years.

Graduates of the Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling Program may be employed in community substance abuse and mental health settings such as inpatient or outpatient programs, detoxification centers, residential and halfway-house programs, and home-based counseling programs.

For more information about the Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling Master's Program, contact Dr. Shari Sias at siass@ecu.edu or (252) 744-6304.

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