Higher Education


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

“Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

Since 1986, Breining Institute has worked hard to provide individuals in this profession with the highest level quality education, training, testing and certification.

Breining Institute students, graduates, and professional credential recipients have shared their experiences with others who may be considering this challenging, but rewarding, career as a substance use disorders (SUD) professional. A number of these professionals have shared their stories here: IN YOUR WORDS


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Degree Programs

Associate of Arts in Alcohol and Drug Studies

This Associates degree program requires the completion of 90 units.
The 90 units may include 30 units of transferable General Education courses from other colleges (subject to review and acceptance of transcript), 45 units of coursework in the Breining Institute Addiction Studies Certificate program, and 15 units of Breining Institute elective Addiction Studies course work

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning.
If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should be able to finish the 90 units of coursework in about 2 years. You are allowed 5 years to complete this program.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Addictive Disorders

This Bachelors degree program requires the completion of 180 units.

If you have already completed 90 Lower Division units or hold an AA Degree in the healing arts, you may only need to complete the 90 Upper Division units (subject to review and acceptance of transcripts from other colleges)

The 180 units may include transferable General Education courses from other colleges, 45 units of coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate program, and 90 units of Breining Institute Upper Division course work

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning

If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should be able to finish the 90 units of Upper Division coursework in about 2 years. You are allowed 5 years to complete this program.

 

Master of Arts in Addictive Disorders

This Masters degree program requires the completion of 45 graduate units.

You must have already completed / hold a Bachelors degree in the healing arts from an approved or accredited institution of higher learning (subject to review and acceptance of transcripts from other colleges)

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning

If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should be able to finish the 45 units of graduate coursework in about 11 months. You are allowed 5 years to complete this program.

 

Doctor in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD)

This Doctorate degree program requires the completion of 80 graduate units.

You must have already completed / hold a Masters degree in the healing arts from an approved or accredited institution of higher learning (subject to review and acceptance of transcripts from other colleges)

If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should be able to finish the 80 units of graduate coursework in about 2 years. You are allowed 5 years to complete this program.


Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program

This advanced or “Professional Track” Addiction Studies Certificate Program requires completing 45 units (450 hours) of coursework.

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning.

If you spend 10 hrs / week on your work, you should finish in about 11 months. 

You are allowed 2 years to complete this program.


FAST TRACK Education Course

This FAST TRACK Education Course includes 17 units (170 hours) of formal education in alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse studies.

This program is self-paced, may be completed entirely through Distance Learning.

This is not a certificate program, and no certificate or diploma will be awarded after completing this program.

If you spend 10 hrs/week on your work, you should finish in about 4 months.


Application / Enrollment Periods

Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program:

The ASC course is an open-application / open-enrollment program, to which you may apply and start at any time. You may apply for this course today using the link to the online or paper forms below.

Degree Courses (Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate):

The degree programs are restricted enrollment programs, to which you may apply once a year. The application period for the 2016-17 Academic Year is now closed, and the next application period will be during the month of July 2017 for the 2017-18 Academic Year, which will start September 2017. We will not be accepting or reviewing new applications for any of the degree programs until July 2017.


Helpful Links

Online Application for Admission

Paper Application for Admission

College Tuition / Fees Payment Form

Transcript Request Form

School Catalog

Bookstore

ASC Course Online Answer Sheets

Journal of Addictive Disorders (JAD)

Higher Education Survey: Report – September 2015

Mission, Vision, Institutional Objectives, and Core Values


State of California approved since 1986

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 certificate and 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 Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Here are some BPPE-required links:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) web site

School Performance Fact Sheet – Certificate Program

School Performance Fact Sheet – Associate Degree Program

School Performance Fact Sheet – Bachelors Degree Program

School Performance Fact Sheet – Masters Degree Program

School Performance Fact Sheet – Doctorate Degree (Dr.AD) Program

BPPE-required Annual Report


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Apple Discounts

Breining Institute students and faculty receive special education pricing on Apple computers, software, and other products at Apple retail store locations and at the online Apple Store for Education


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Online students do better

A U.S. Department of Education report concluded that adult distance learning students perform better.

Why? Our experience over 30 years suggests that distance learning students need to have the maturity, motivation and discipline to complete assignments outside of the closely-monitored classroom environment. Fortunately for these students, employers will typically prefer to hire individuals who have demonstrated greater maturity and motivation, which the completion of a quality distance learning program will provide.

Breining Institute distance learning 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.

A copy of the U.S. Department of Education report is available here: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning


Online Continuing Education (CE) courses

No passwords. No login. No hassle.
All course material accessible through on-line downloads.
Most course material does not require purchase.

To access discounted CE Bundles, Individual Courses and monthly Featured Course, select this link: Online CE Courses