Admission to the program

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling program accepts 18 students each fall, winter and spring term. Students are selected based on a competitive point system. For information on how to receive points, see the advising guide.

Steps to admission:

  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. Meet the prerequisite requirements and receive points
  6. Complete the application
  7. Admission Notification

When to apply

Students with the same number of points will be accepted in the order their completed application was received, so apply early.

Application deadlines
Term you want to start First chance to apply Deadline
Spring 2015 January 20, 2015 February 6, 2015
Fall 2015 June 29, 2015 July 24, 2015

Recommended counseling

We strongly recommend that you have recently received or are currently receiving personal counseling. There are several reasons for a potential counselor to receive counseling. It is important to consider your motivation 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 to both current and future students. Counseling Services and the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program can recommend other low and no-cost counseling services in the Portland area.