Prerequisites: CAS 154, 254, 255 or 257, 354, 355 and 454

The undergraduate Practicum allows students who have completed the Addiction Treatment Services Minor/Certificate to add a service learning experience to their knowledge and skills in the addiction treatment or prevention field.  It is particularly useful to students who intend to work as a Nevada Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or plan to become involved in the behavioral or health sciences field.  It provides an experiential opportunity that allows students to meet others working in the field and to gain a better understanding of the services offered in the community.  The practicum student will be placed in an accredited alcohol and other drug treatment program, a prevention services agency, or another behavioral health organization in Northern Nevada. Students must first complete the minor course sequence listed below prior to being accepted into the Practicum course. Note: Nevada Certification is only done through the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors.

Course Expectations

Students will work an average of eight (8) hours at their field site (totaling 120 hours of work-based experience a semester) and attend one 90-minute group supervision course meeting a week. The practicum instructor will assign sites based on student interest, site availability, major, skills, scheduling realities, and the needs and capabilities of all participating students.  Students accepted for the practicum will be expected to contact their site supervisor prior to the beginning of the semester in order to complete appropriate volunteer requirements.

Practicum Application Process

Submit the Practicum Application Form below.  Application submission dates:

  • Spring semester applications are due October 15th .
  • Fall semester applications are due March 15th.

Potential students will be scheduled for an interview prior to acceptance and site assignment.

Practicum Application Form