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Addiction Studies Program Ranked Fourth Best in the Nation

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s bachelor’s program in addiction studies has been ranked fourth in the country by

OnlineU focuses on providing prospective students with data highly relevant to them which includes proven outcomes of real alumni. To provide this, the site ranks colleges and universities by their 10-year return on investment, using salary and debt data that is specific to the program and degree level at each school. NSU’s addiction studies alumni had an impressive 10-year ROI, resulting in your placement among the nation’s top online schools.

This is the fifth consecutive year a higher education website has ranked Northwestern State’s addiction studies program as one of the top five in the nation.

“The Addiction Studies program and faculty are humbled and honored to have been recognized as the fourth best program in the country,” said Joseph Biscoe, associate professor of addiction studies and director of the Louisiana Addiction Technology Transfer Center. “This demonstrates the increasing need for this growing field.  We will continue to strive to educate and prepare individuals to become trained professionals in the area of addiction.”

Return on investment (ROI) uses alumni earnings and debt data to project the potential long-term financial benefit of earning an online degree in the addiction studies field. The cheapest degree isn’t always the best investment over time. ROI amounts are based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education. Tuition amounts are manually researched in order to determine costs specific to online degrees.

Substance abuse and addiction counselors play a critical role in addiction recovery, and many find this to be an extremely fulfilling career. These professionals work one-on-one with clients, providing critical support to help people recover from drug and alcohol addictions as well as chemical dependencies. New research on addiction and treatment has led judicial systems to rely more on counseling services, and people continue to seek treatment on their own. As a result, employment rates for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors are projected to grow by 25 percent by 2029.

Information on the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies is available at

Article by David West

Ten Degreez of Excellence Scholarship

Attention non-Traditional Students! Line 39 of Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated, Xi Epsilon Chapter, would like to provide financial support to those that have made the brave decision to pursue a collegiate degree. Visit the Ten Degreez of Excellence Scholarship Facebook page for the application or email

Welcome Back!

The Psychology department is excited to welcome everyone back for the Spring 2020 semester. Fork’em!

Pack the Pantry BINGO

The department of psychology made a Bingo Basket to support the Pack the Pantry BINGO 2019. As part of Demon Days 2019, Pack the Pantry event has accrued over 300 students for participation. Pack the Pantry is a fun and interactive way for all NSU students to have a chance to win a variety of nonperishable food and snack baskets, as well as an assortment of prizes.

Mrs. Shannon Wall-Hale, Instructor, made the Survival Basket.

Scholarship Alert!

Check out this scholarship opportunity from Line 39 of Zeta Phi Beta Incorporated, Xi Epsilon Chapter!

Study Abroad Opportunity

Attention Students! Here is a great opportunity to experience another culture while earning college credits.

Fall 2018 Service Project

The Psychology department including the Graduate Psi Chi chapter took on a service project for Fall 2018. They were able to donate a sizable amount of food to the NSU Student Food Pantry!