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2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate

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HEGIS #5503
Chairperson: Maryanne C. Pepe
Brahan Hall Room 008, (518) 629-7341

The Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate program prepares students to become Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) in New York State. This program is specifically designed to meet the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) guidelines and requirements for students who have previously earned an associate’s degree or higher level of education in a related field. The program is licensed by and works in coordination with the OASAS to provide students with the mandatory 350 Hour Educational Certificate required to sit for the CASAC exam.

This certificate can be pursued full- or part-time. Students accepted into this program typically are individuals employed in the chemical dependency or similar helping fields. Prospective students must have acquired the necessary requirements to be eligible for participation in the program. The program does not prepare students for practice outside the regulations of a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) as defined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

Students in this program may be subject to drug testing and criminal background checks as per OASAS regulations at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and results could impact a student’s continuation in the program.

A field component is not required based on the program entrance requirements listed below.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average

Students entering this program must have a minimum of an associate’s degree in human services or related field and two years of experience.

Fall and Spring

  • Proof of a minimum of 2 years clinical experience in the CDC or related field with supervision by an OASAS-qualified QHP
  • A letter of recommendation to the program from a current or past employer listing related job responsibilities
  • Permission of department chair


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