Admission to the Alcohol & Drug Counseling Program

Important Information

Prerequisite Requirements

AD 101 - Alcohol Use and Addiction
LIB 101 - Library Research and Beyond
WR 121 - English Composition

Application Deadlines

Winter 2015 cohort
Applications accepted September 29 - October 31, 2014

Spring 2015 cohort
Applications accepted January 12 - February 06, 2015

The program will accept up to 18 students, and students will be selected based on a competitive point system. For information on other classes you can take prior to entry into the program and those that receive admission points see the advising guide.

Information Session

For more information, please attend an information session.

  1. The Alcohol and Drug Counseling program is a closed program with limited enrollment.
  2. The Alcohol and Drug Counseling program will be accepting up to 18 students fall, winter and spring terms based on the number of points students receive. There will be no students admitted to start the program summer term.
  3. Students may receive an Associates of Applied Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (99 credits), or an Alcohol Studies Certificate (44 credits). Student who already have an Associates degree or above usually choose the Certificate option. See Receiving Certification, to learn about requirements for a CADC1, CADC2 and CADC3.
  4. Most classes are offered in the evenings and weekends, although a few are offered online and in the late afternoon.
  5. Students will become part of a cohort (a group of students who take classes together), and will be required to take practicum preparation classwork for two terms on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning. You will be required to take 10-11 credits for the two terms of the cohort. Students admitted spring term will take their cohort classes spring and fall term. There will be no cohort classes offered summer term.
  6. Applications will be accepted the first month of the term prior to admission. For example, a student who is applying for the fall term will turn in their application the first month of summer term.
  7. All prerequisites must be completed or taken concurrently during the term the student is applying, for example completed or taken during summer term for admission into fall term.
    • Grades from prerequisite coursework that are being completed at colleges other than PCC must be in the admissions office 1 week after the grade is posted.
  8. Students must be in "good" or "warning" academic standing to be admitted to the program. Students on probation or continued probation should speak with the admissions coordinator before applying. Students who are suspended must meet with a general advisor before taking additional steps.
  9. Students who receive the most points (see the advising guide) will be invited to a mandatory Alcohol and Drug Counseling New Student Orientation. Students with the same points will be accepted in the order that their completed application was received for admission, so we highly recommend you apply early for the program.
  1. Attend information session or make advising appointment
  2. Apply to PCC
  3. Take placement test or get credit for previous coursework
  4. Submit Transcripts
  5. Complete prerequisite classes
  6. Complete the application
  7. Admission Notification


We strongly recommend that all students have recently received or are currently receiving personal counseling. There are several reasons for a potential counselor to undergo counseling. It is important to consider one’s motives when entering any type of counseling program; a professional counselor can help you examine your motivations, resolve issues that may be negatively impacting your decision and reinforce your positive motivations. The most powerful tool you have as a counselor is your own self-awareness and psychological health. Participating in counseling as a client facilitates the development of empathy for those who seek counseling services. In other words, it helps you to understand what it feels like to be a client.

PCC's Counseling Services provides free, professional counseling services. Services are open to both currently attending and potential students. PCC Counseling Services and the Alcohol and Drug Counseling can recommend other low and no-cost counseling services in the Portland metro area.

We are glad you have chosen the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program at Portland Community College – Cascade Campus. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the application process.