Addiction Studies & Human Services

Human Services Two Year A.A.S. Degree

Human Services is designed for students interested in helping people to help themselves with problems of psychological or social survival. The clients generally have problems of survival that the realistic goal is to help an individual or group learn how to function effectively in today’s world.

The A.A.S. program is designed to provide the training appropriate for beginning employment in a human services occupation. Students that are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Human Services or Social Work will need to additionally obtain an A.A. degree in liberal arts for a streamlined transfer to a four-year university or college.

Mesabi Range College does have specific transfer agreements with Social Work programs at the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior leading to BSW degree. Agreements with other colleges are possible.


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A graduate from A.A.S. Mesabi Range Human Services program will have acquired an understanding of the concepts, principles, skills, methods, and techniques of human service agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, half-way houses, and public services related business or industry.

This video was designed and created by students in Mesabi Range College’s Graphic Design Media program in collaboration with the faculty and students of the Human Services/Chemical Dependency program.


Addiction Studies Two Year A.A.S. Degree

Addiction Studies is a Human Services option designed for people interested in entering or furthering their present level of training in the addictions field. A graduate will have acquired an understanding of the concepts, principles, skills, methods, and techniques needed to work with those whose lives have been seriously affected by addiction or abuse.

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Graduates may seek employment in substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder treatment programs; information, diagnostic, and referral centers; outpatient or follow-up care programs; halfway houses, schools, hospitals, clinics, prisons, social agencies; and programs supported by business, church, and government.

Addiction Studies Certificate

This certificate is intended for those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking licensure for Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. It satisfies the 270 hours of classroom clock hours required and the 880 hours practicum hours (2 courses of Practicum are equal to 880 hours) required to obtain a license in the State of Minnesota. The coursework in this program will equip students with the intellectual tools and core counseling skills necessary to become an effective addictions counselor. *The academic course work students will receive under the certificate to satisfy 270 clock hours are listed on the program planner. During the practicum the student will practice and further develop skills under the supervision of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor at an approved practicum site. The practicum experience will cover the entire continuum of drug treatment and rehabilitation care including prevention, intervention, primary care, and aftercare. This program will provide the opportunity for students to develop proficiencies in the twelve core functions or TAP21 of chemical dependency as defined by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment in chemical dependency treatment programs; information, diagnostic, and referral centers; outpatient or follow-up care programs; halfway houses, schools, hospitals, clinics, prisons, social agencies; and programs supported by business, church, and government.

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