Addictions Counselling

Addictions Counselling

Students develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a role in treatment, prevention, and health promotion.

The Addictions Counselling major at the University of Lethbridge is the only one of its kind in Canada. The program gives students the skills to guide people through the addiction recovery process.

Internship Information

Hands-on Experience

Students complete two internships over their program to gain valuable experience in local, national or international placements. Many of our graduates have found immediate success in the job market because of the practical experience they have gained in our program.

There is only one intake to the Addictions Counselling major each year (September start). The deadline to apply for admission to the Addictions Counselling major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences or Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences is June 1.

To apply for the Addictions Counselling major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, Alberta applicants must have:
- English Language Arts 30-1
- Three approved 30-level academic courses*
- One additional 30-level course

*See the full list of approved Canadian high school courses here.

Admission Statement
In addition to the Application for Admission, applicants must submit an Admission Statement to be eligible for admission to the Addictions Counselling major of the B.H.Sc. program. (Students applying to the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program are not required to submit an Admission Statement.)

Applicants may be ranked using the Admission Statement. Since the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of places available, fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Admission Statements must be submitted by June 15.

Click here to complete the Admission Statement.

Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for regular University of Lethbridge undergraduate admission, applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP) requirement. More information on the SELP can be found here.

The Faculty of Health Sciences demonstrates its commitment to Aboriginal peoples and communities by offering admission to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants. This is to ensure that we are:

  • following the University of Lethbridge’s fundamental principles and key strategic priorities to ensure that our programs meet the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities
  • addressing Call to Action #7 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians

Applicants who have declared their Aboriginal ancestry at the time of application may be considered by criteria designed to help address the traditional underrepresentation of Aboriginal people in health professions. For more information, contact an Academic Advisor.

Graduates of an approved diploma may apply to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences program (students in the post-diploma program will have an individualized program plan created at the point of admission).

The downloadable Program Planning Guide lists all required courses in the Addictions Counselling major and provides students with additional information about the program.

View a document outlining out what you can do with a BHSc in Addictions Counselling here.