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Chemical Dependency Counseling, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5506
Chairperson: Maryanne C. Pepe
Brahan Hall Room 008, (518) 629-7341

The Chemical Dependency Counseling program prepares students to enter the field of alcoholism and drug treatment. The major is approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and has been designed to meet educational requirements for the Credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Graduates of the program are immediately eligible for CASAC Trainee certification through OASAS.

Prospective students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher can obtain the CASAC-T certification by taking select courses necessary to complete those requirements. Matriculation in the degree program is still required.

In the second year of the program, students are assigned to field placements for two terms. These internships are central to the major and occur in local hospitals and out-patient clinics that provide treatment for chemical dependency problems.

Students admitted to this program typically have a special sensitivity to the disease of chemical dependency and to the range of challenges faced by recovering people. While most students in the program are full-time and working toward their degree, many are part-time, non-traditional students who enter the program to accomplish specific career objectives.

CDC students very often bring to this program a wide array of life experiences which enhances learning and facilitates self-discovery and professional growth. The diversity of the student population in this program is thought to be one of its best assets.

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 at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and internship site. If the internship site determines the student is not eligible for that placement, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
None Fall and Spring   N/A

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $630.

Total Credits Required: 61

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion.
*** This requirement may be waived based on department chair approval of completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Total Credits Required: 61

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study