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State Approves Bellevue University Coursework to Go Toward Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification (PLADC)

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has approved four Bellevue University behavioral health courses to go toward Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification (PLADC). 

According to Jack Nelson, Program Manager in the College of Continuing and Professional Education, the new certification allows university students pursuing their behavioral health degree to get credit for courses they are taking and to be able to apply them toward the provisional license they need to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). 

“At the end of the day, this benefits both students and our communities,” said Nelson. “it allows students to take advantage of the high-quality education and learning experience they’re engaged in at Bellevue University and it helps ensure that a pipeline of qualified individuals are available to provide licensed counseling services across Nebraska.”

The courses receiving certification are part of Bellevue University’s Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science degree program: HS 339 Counseling Theories; HS 421 Applied Human Growth and Development; HS 350 Multicultural and Diversity in Human Services; and HS 442 Treatment Strategies and Ethical Considerations. Together, they provide students with 12 credit hours that translate into 120 of the 270 education hours needed for provisional licensure.

Provisional Alcohol and Drug Counselors are working toward full licensed status and need 6,000 hours of supervised paid clinical work experience. PLADC applicants must also submit proof of education in specific areas, including counseling; human growth and development; ethics; alcohol/drug assessment and case planning and management; multicultural counseling; medical and psychosocial aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction and clinical treatment issues. 

Nelson added that individuals who are not enrolled in the Bellevue University undergraduate program can still enroll in these courses outside of a degree program through the university’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. 

About Bellevue University

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (