Human Services - Addiction Studies Concentration

Current Situation: Indiana, and the United States, faces a public health crisis in the form of widespread opioid addiction. There is a pressing need for more treatment programs, and more professionals to provide those services.

Solution: The HDFS Department at Purdue and the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College have collaborated to provide an innovative solution. We have created an optional addiction studies concentration within the existing Human Services major at Purdue. The new concentration includes five courses from Ivy Tech, and it leads to an Addictions Studies Certificate from Ivy Tech as well as a bachelor’s degree from Purdue. The program has been carefully designed to align with the requirements of Indiana’s bachelor’s-level, pre-supervision license in the field of addiction counseling (LACA). The program launched in August 2020.

Purdue students who chose to major in Human Services may elect to add the concentration. The concentration is not available outside of the Human Services major. Both the major requirements and the concentration are needed to meet the LACA licensing requirements

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

Students must complete all requirements of the Human Services major, including the 12-credit version of the required capstone internship (HDFS45500) in an addiction counseling setting.

Addiction Concentration Requirements

Purdue Psychology courses  =  6 credits

  • PSY 12000 Elementary Psychology
  • PSY 35000 Abnormal Psychology

Ivy Tech courses  =  15 credits

  • HUMS 113 Problems of Substance Abuse in Society
  • HUMS 208 Treatment Models of Substance Abuse
  • HUMS 209 Counseling Issues in Substance Abuse
  • HUMS 210 Issues of Substance Abuse in Family Systems
  • HUMS 267 Theories of Personality

Students will enroll at Ivy Tech, Lafayette as a "non-degree student." The courses are offered online in 8-week terms. Courses are available throughout the fall, spring, and summer terms.


How long does the program take?

This is a standard four-year, 120-credit degree. If a student decides to add the concentration after the sophomore year, it’s possible they may need more time to complete the degree. There is some important pre-requisite sequencing. Some Purdue courses and all Ivy Tech courses are available in the summer, so that adds flexibility.

What about costs?

Although two institutions are involved, the entire program is contained within a typical, 120-credit degree. Every effort has been made to minimize additional costs or barriers. The program will be covered by a consortium agreement which manages financial aid issues. The five required Ivy Tech courses will be included in financial aid eligibility.

Where do I go with questions?

Jennifer Rosselot Wilkins, Senior Academic Advisor for HDFS,
Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, Undergraduate Committee Chair for HDFS,


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