North Shore Community College is making changes!

You can start your application today! As always, there is no cost to apply to North Shore Community College.

For Fall 2020, most of NSCC's courses will be virtual – including online, hybrid, and videoconference – to ensure our community's safety and maintain social distancing. Targeted courses that need to occur face-to-face on campus will occur predominantly in lab based classes, using social distancing protocols.

Help reclaim lives and communities impacted by addiction disease

NSCC’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Associate Degree program provides comprehensive, experiential education in the field of addiction and human services. Take advantage of specific coursework leading to employment in comprehensive addiction treatment settings, mental health programs, hospitals, prevention programs, health care, and other social service facilities. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge of processes leading to substance use disorders, the associated costs to society, and how to view addiction through a bio-psychosocial lens. Most importantly, study emphasizes reflection, the therapeutic relationship, evidence-based practice, the role of community-based organizations, and how best to obtain employment in the field of counseling at large.


Semesters estimated to complete degree. Complete faster with winter intersession and summer classes


2016 Boston-area Median Wage


In 2019 NSCC received its ninth consecutive designation as a Military Friendly School


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Achievement and Outcomes

Learner Outcomes

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Get in touch

If you have questions related to program admissions or applications, please contact or call 978-762-4188.

If you have program advising related questions, please contact addictioncounseling­­ or call 781-477-2150.

Program Requirements

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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC-CIHE, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

NSCC’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Associate Degree program is a Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services Approved Education Provider.

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