The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) associate degree program provides education and training for persons seeking employment or job advancement in the addiction profession; others transfer to upper level colleges to complete bachelor’s or graduate degrees in the field of addiction counseling or other transfer opportunities. Students receive education and training in the professional techniques of counseling with a disciplined background in the environmental and psychological causes and effects of alcohol and other substance use disorders.
The DARC program is designed to meet the academic requirement for the State of Connecticut and the CT Certification Board’s requirements for certification as an alcohol and drug/addiction counselor. This program is designed to provide the student with the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of addictions.
First-year specialty courses are open to any student wishing to enroll, e.g. DAR* 101 , DAR* 111 , DAR* 112 , DAR* 158 .
DARC Internship Admission Process
Registration for the DARC internship courses (DAR* 251 & DAR* 252 ) and placement into a DARC internship site is based on the submission of an official application packet, an interview/screening process, and the satisfactory completion of DAR* 101 , DAR* 111 , DAR* 112 , DAR* 158 and DAR* 213 with a grade of C or better. Those students seeking admission into the DARC internship must meet with the DARC program coordinator. DARC internships begin each Fall semester. Internship application packets are accepted each November for the following fall semester. Interviews/screenings of candidates will take place each December for the following Fall semester.
The program consists of 27 semester hours of specialty courses and 33 semester hours of general education credits.
Students may enroll full- or part-time.