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     Breining Institute has provided higher education and advanced training to addiction professionals since 1986.


Approved. Recognized.
Breining Institute addiction studies programs are nationally recognized and have been approved since 1986.


Want an easy "A"?
Please, enroll in a different college. Students do not earn Breining degrees by taking up space in a classroom.


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Breining Institute, with its main campus located in California, was first approved as a provider of higher education by the State of California Department of Education in 1986.

Our degree programs have been specifically approved by the State of California after comprehensive review, and the current agency under which that approval is granted is the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Breining graduate degree programs are specifically recognized for, among other things, the purpose of qualifying for the NAADAC (the largest, nationally-recognized addiction professional membership organization in the United States, with 44 US affiliate organizations) advanced and nationally-recognized Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) certification. And, our Masters degree program is specifically recognized by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC), which represents member boards in 45 US States.


Breining Institute addiction studies programs are not easy. They are meant to challenge students so that they learn valuable information that they can take with them that will make them competent addiction professionals.

Course assignments are all completed by the distance learning method, require self-discipline to complete those assignments, and may require such outside-the-classroom activities such as interviewing counselors, addicts, and former addicts, as well as researching and writing about assigned addiction topics. Assignments may also require attending community meetings of agencies that deal with addictions.
If an individual is expecting to earn a certificate or degree simply by taking up space in a classroom, we would encourage that individual to enroll somewhere other than Breining Institute.

  Degree Programs
  Doctorate (Dr.AD)
  Certificate Program
  45-unit / 450 hr Addiction
Studies Certificate course
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17-unit  / 170 hr Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) course

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Applications for these degree programs for the 2014-15 academic year will be accepted and must be received by Breining Institute between July 1 and August 31, 2014.
We will make acceptance determinations and send out enrollment agreements to accepted candidates during September 2014.
Instruction for the 2014-15 Academic Year degree programs will commence in October 2014.

NOTE: The FAST TRACK and Addiction Studies Certificate programs are not subject to the enrollment deadlines above. You may apply at any time for these programs.

*State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)-required notices and statements

School Performance Fact Sheet - Year 2012
"Approval" means "compliance with state standards as set forth in the Education Code." Cal. Ed. Code section 94897(l).
BPPE-required most recent annual report, electronically filed pursuant to law, is attached here: Breining Institute Annual Report 2012
The State of California BPPE Internet web site is located at the following URL address:


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