Combined Addictions Counselling/Social Work Diploma


Fall 2020 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: N/A
  • Year 2: Blended

The combined Addictions Counselling / Social Work program will continue to offer all courses and experiences for second year students.

All of the Fall 2020 HLSC courses at the lecture level are well-suited to online learning. For Fall 2020 HLSC labs, students are required to attend labs in-person on campus, as the group clinical and assessment practice is vital to career success. Students should be prepared to be on campus in Medicine Hat every week for each of the scheduled four hour and three hour labs respectively through the fall to meet the requirements of the program.

The 14 week practicum in the winter semester is composed of a 32 hour a week practicum placement which includes weekly online journals/assignments, and an on campus integrative seminar February 8-12. Attendance at the integrative seminar is mandatory to meet the requirements of the program.

Prepare to Learn:

  • Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.
  • Details about tools and technology requirements, as well as additional course details, will be shared before the end of July.


About the Program

Application to this program has been suspended.

High School
• ELA 30-1 (minimum 60%)
• Biology 30 or Chemistry 30
• Two 30-level academic subjects
• One grade 12 5-credit subject (excluding Special Projects)
• 18 years of age or older by the last day of the semester to which you are applying.

Mature Student
• You must have 60% or greater in ELA 30-1 (or equivalent) or a university level English course.
• You may wish to consider this route if you are 21 years of age or older and have completed a high school diploma but not completed the courses required for admission; or have completed a diploma with less than an average of 60% or have not completed high school.
• You must submit a letter detailing how your experiences since secondary school contribute to your potential for success in the program, your goals for the future and why study in this program will assist you to realize these goals.

Transfer Route 
• If you have previously attended a recognized college or university, you may be accepted on the basis of your college or university level coursework.
• You must have 60% or greater in ELA 30-1 (or equivalent) or a university level English course.
• If you present eight or more transferable courses, or a two or three year college diploma with an acceptable average you do not need to present high school credentials.

Academic Transition Plan (ATP)  
If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available.

Other Admission Considerations
• A current resume
• A personal profile questionnaire providing information related to your background and suitability for the program.
• One reference from a volunteer or workplace supervisor.
(You must have a minimum of 100 hours volunteer or work experience in a social service environment.)

Some courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Addictions Counselling/Social Work.
As a graduate of the Addictions Counselling/Social Work combined diplomas program you will have the skills required to work in a broad range of areas such as private health, social, addictions and welfare agencies, educational institutions, and the criminal justice system. You will be prepared to work with individuals, families, groups and communities.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.

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You are selected for practicum on the basis of academic performance, professional suitability, fitness and conduct, and availability of practicum sites.

Individuals with a history of addiction or dependency should note that placement agencies may require you to have a minimum two-year alcohol and other drug-free lifestyle prior to acceptance in an internship placement.

In order to ensure the protection of clients, you are required to provide up-to-date Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check and Police Information Check, at your expense, to your practicum supervisor prior to entry into practicum placements. You are obligated to inform the Program Coordinators immediately of any change in the status of either of these reports.

Should the program coordinator judge, in consultation with the program faculty, that there is evidence that you are professionally unsuitable or a risk to clients, the coordinator may prohibit you from attending or completing a practicum.

Repetition of Courses  
You may only repeat SLWK and HLSC courses once.

Time Limits for Program Completion  
You are allowed up to six years to complete the dual diplomas route.