What will I learn?

The Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences major in Addictions Counselling at the University of Lethbridge is the only undergraduate Canadian program of its kind. The program gives students the knowledge they need to guide people through the addiction recovery process. Students will complete a 13-week internship, offering them valuable clinical experience to prepare them for their careers.

The program provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a role in treatment, prevention, and health promotion wherever addiction affects people's lives. It focuses on a range of addictive behaviours and intervention strategies, including substance abuse, problem gambling, and sexual or eating disorders. The program includes a thorough study of current issues in addictions, and an intensive training in counselling skills.

Graduates from this program earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Addictions Counselling.

Possible Careers

  • Abuse Issues Counsellor
  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Assessment & Treatment Planner
  • Behavioral Disorders Counsellor
  • Case Studies Counsellor
  • Counselling Approaches & Theory Specialist
  • Counselling Ethics Specialist
  • Crisis Counsellor

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,526.00 (US$ 14,166) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive,

LETHBRIDGE,

Alberta (AB),

T1K 3M4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school diploma, and either SAT or ACT results. For SAT, results from both SAT (formerly SAT I) and three SAT Subject Tests are required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years, with minimum scores of: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL and 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing; Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 54; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 60, with a minimum 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 60 in Writing; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), with a minimum score of ‘C’; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), with a minimum score of at ‘C’; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), with a minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum 76 in each component, including the Speaking test.

For international students

Applicants who complete the equivalent of Grade 12 in high school (secondary school) will be considered for admission. Applicants who have completed secondary qualifications in other countries will be considered for admission under the High School Admission Route. Applicants to undergraduate programs who have completed post-secondary study will be considered for admission under the Post-Secondary Admission Route.

English language Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL (iBT)) with a minimum total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score with a minimum overall score of 54.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment with a minimum overall score of 60, with a minimum 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 60 in Writing.
Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Confederation College
  • Algonquin College
  • Fleming College
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About University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge is a leading public Canadian research university where students work directly with experts to tackle global issues.

  • 2nd best primarily undergraduate university in Canada
  • Wide range of course types to suit every student
  • Access to outdoor activities and natural landscapes
  • Campuses in highly liveable cities