Human Services

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling - Addiction Counseling

formerly Rehabilitation Counseling: Chemical Dependency program

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Why Choose Addiction Counseling?

You can earn a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) degree in addiction counseling at Wright State University. This degree qualifies you to earn professional counseling licensure (LPC) in Ohio by taking the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements. Addiction counseling is a designated Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) entry-level specialty area. The addiction counseling program is not a rehabilitation counseling program and does not qualify you for the certified rehabilitation counselor credential (CRCC).

You will pursue an in-depth study of addictions, clinical treatment, diagnosis, counseling theory, and practice. If you become an LPC, you can provide the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders with appropriate clinical supervision. You can also earn your independent clinical license with two years of post-master's degree supervision and successful passing of the National Mental Health Counseling Examination to earn the PCC. You would also be eligible to apply for the Ohio Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC). 

In addition to working as a professional counselor, addiction counseling graduates may also work as prevention specialists and employee assistant counselors. Some of the courses required in this program are also offered as traditional classes taught face to face. 

Contact Information

Program Director:
Josh Francis, Ph.D.
108A Allyn Hall

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Addiction Counseling Narrative Report

The data presented below is from the MRC Chemical Dependency program in 2018 and 2019. The program transitioned to CACREP Addictions Counseling in 2020. No data is available for 2019-20.

In 2018, there were three graduates of Wright State University's MRC chemical dependency program. In 2019, there were 10 students in the chemical dependency counseling program. The pass rate for graduates taking the CRC certification examination in the last three years was 100 percent. Of the admitted students, 60 percent graduate from the program in the expected time period, and 100 percent of those program graduates responding to request for information were employed in the field.   

  • Year: 2018 
  • Number of Graduates: 3  
  • Completion Rate: 60%*  
  • Exam Pass Rate (3-year average): 100%  
  • Placement: 100%  

*Represents the percentage of students that graduated within the three-year expected time frame. Many students exceed this time frame due to part-time enrollment.


Many careers exist in the field of drug abuse treatment and prevention. The drug abuse treatment field is a rewarding career choice for many people, as it makes a difference in the lives of millions of people annually. Those who work in this field use hard work and determination to help patients earn sobriety, which is worth more than a paycheck to many. 

Career opportunities in the field of addiction counseling are growing much faster than average and are expected to grow by 22 percent between 2018 and 2028.  

The College of Health, Education, and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.  

Real-World Experience 

You will practice and build skills in both a required practicum and internship. You will complete 100 hours during your practicum and 40 of those hours will involve direct contact with clients. For internships, you are required to complete 600 clock hours of experience in a clinical setting that works with individuals experiencing addiction issues. This setting must allow interns the opportunity to treat and diagnose mental and emotional disorders under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor (LPCC-S). You must spend a minimum of 240 hours in direct contact treating and diagnosing mental and emotional disorders. Faculty will support you in finding a placement that meets the minimum requirements.

Academics and Curriculum

All coursework for addiction counseling can be taken online. Because you are not limited by geographical distance, there is more opportunity for learning with and from others around the country. 

Distance learning provides the opportunity to share with others from around the country and from different agencies. You will regularly engage in dynamic exchanges and learning projects. By sharing an online community of practicing counselors, learners provide each other with support, insights, and encouragement. 

The School of Social Work and Human Services at Wright State is dedicated to helping professional counselors obtain and maintain the education and training needed for employment and practice in today's market. 

For basic computer configuration needed for participation in the online program, see the Distance Education website. 

View the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling–Addiction Counseling program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.  


For more information about applying to the Addiction Counseling Program contact Dr. Josh Francis at

Program Outcomes

The addiction counseling master’s degree program at Wright State replaces the chemical dependency concentration and is fully accredited by CACREP. New students can be admitted to the addiction counseling program twice a year (Fall and Spring semesters). All required courses for the program are offered in an online format, making it flexible for distance education students. Many required courses are also offered in the traditional classroom setting.  

We currently have 10 students in our addiction counseling program. Our department houses 11 full-time tenure track faculty who teach courses in the CACREP-accredited curriculum, and one of these faculty members is dedicated entirely to the addiction counseling program.    

During the 2018 reporting period, five Wright State students graduated from our addiction counseling program. Our students pass the NCE well above the national average.   

Download the 2017-2018 Addiction Counseling Annual Assessment report (PDF).

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