Alcohol And Other Drug Studies

Coordinator Dan Jenkins: 707-468-3020


AODS Program Mission Statement
Degrees and Certificates
AODS Course Sequence and Course Descriptions
AODS Intership Information
Counselor Certification Information


The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) program provides students with the knowledge and skills to address fundamental issues encountered in the field of substance use, abuse and dependency. The knowledge and skills acquired by completing the program are also applicable to a broad range of human service settings such as social service agencies, mental health services, and programs providing counseling services to diverse demographic groups. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through practicum experiences (internships) in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses, based on students' preferences.

Completion of the Associate of Science degree will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment, job promotion/salary increases or transfer to a four-year college or university. Graduates have been employed in well-paying, benefitted positions with Public Health Departments, Social Service agencies, Youth service agencies, schools, Tribal programs and a variety of other governmental and non-governmental community agencies and programs.

The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These standards were identified by the State of California as meeting the educational requirements for counselor certification. Degree and certificate completers qualify to apply for certification through a variety of state-approved certification boards.  

It is the Mission of Mendocino College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program to:   

  1. Prepare students to function as ethical and competent entry-level AOD counselors, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve;
  2. Build and maintain effective partnerships with local human service agencies which support students’ education and help meet employer’s on-going needs for prepared, entry-level human service workers;
  3. Instill in graduates of the program a commitment to continued professional development.​ 


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   Daniel Jenkins

Degrees and Certificates

Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Certificate of Achievement

Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Associate of Science

Related: Human Services Programs

AODS Course Sequence

Fall, 2016 Semester 1

Spring, 2017 Semester 2 

Summer, 2017

   Fall, 2017     Semester 3

Spring, 2018   Semester 4

AOD 151:  AODS Overview [online]

HUS 154: Interviewing/ Counseling       

HUS 157: Dual Disorders

AOD 153: Physiology/ Pharmacology [online]

HUS 159:  Intervention Theory

HUS 152:  Basic Skills 

HUS 155:  Group Process/ Practice   

AOD158:  Field Placement Preparation

HUS160: Law/  Ethics 

HUS 161: Family Counseling

HUS 156:  Case Mgmt/ Documentation HUS 162:  Prevention Theory

 HUS 163: Professional Competency & Growth

AOD164:  Field Placement    Seminar I

AOD165:  Field Placement Seminar II

AOD 196: Work Experience (option) AOD 196: Work Experience (option)

 AOD 196: Work Experience (option)

AOD 197A: Field Placement Practicum

AOD 197A: Field Placement Practicum


For further details: AODS Course Descriptions

AODS Internship Information

Counselor Certification Information

Professor Dan Jenkins, MA - HUS Programs Coordinator.; 707-468-3020.