By David West
NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s program in addiction studies has been ranked as the number six program in the nation for quality and affordability according to two higher education websites.
A bachelor’s degree in addiction studies offers an understanding of the human mind, addictive behaviors, and advances in addiction counseling. Students have the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing job fields. Addiction studies graduates typically work as addiction counselors.
“We are glad to see our program receive national recognition for both quality and affordability,” said Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Biscoe, who is director of the Louisiana Addiction Technology Transfer Center. “Due to the world we live in, the field of addiction studies is a rapidly growing area which crosses the disciplines of counseling, health care, drug courts and business/industry. The field allows for professionals to work with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. This type of acknowledgment shows Northwestern State is preparing students who can graduate and move into the workforce.”
Guidetoonlineschools.com ranks bachelor’s programs that offer at least 10 programs online.
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To be considered for these subject rankings, schools need to be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree in a given subject for the degree level that was required, or higher. Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the degree level requirement tuition if offered, or the next level tuition cost. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.
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