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Chemical Dependency A.A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5506)

The Chemical Dependency Program is designed to give students the academic background and practical skills necessary to work effectively with individuals with substance abuse disorders.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with the Chemical Dependency A.A.S degree will:

  • Build a psychological foundation for helping skills
  • Understand the ethics and professionalism needed for effective treatment
  • Develop an understanding of Chemical Dependency and Treatment Approaches
  • Learn the basics of counseling (individual and group) and helping skills
  • Becoming a professional in the field of Chemical Dependency

JCC Advantage

The program consists of 63 hours of academic credit.  It includes 18 hours in specific chemical dependency courses.  An important feature of the program is work that allows students to gain practical experience.  Jefferson students benefit from a variety of fieldwork placement sites that include Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions (inpatient and outpatient), Samaritan Medical Center, Pivot , Fort Drum Behavioral Health, and private counseling centers.

Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) requirements to complete 350 hours of education and training, and are eligible to apply for status as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T) trainee.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities in the field of chemical dependency are strong.  Graduates of this program find employment as entry level counselors, intake coordinators, administrative positions, relief staff as well as a variety of other positions available within a particular organization.  Earnings will vary with type of program, education, experience, and geographic location.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an associate of applied science degree that prepares the graduate to join the chemical dependency workforce.  With changing job requirements in the field of chemical dependency, many students may decide to continue their educational studies in chemical dependency or in a related Bachelor’s degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the Associate degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a baccalaureate degree. 


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2017) Credit Hours
Humanities (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101:  Research and Composition 3
ENG 218:  Technical and Professional Writing 3
STA 161:    Interpersonal Communication 3
Mathematics and Science (7 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144:  Elementary Statistics
     or MTH 174:  Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
Lab Science Elective (BIO 106:  Human Biology recommended)
Social Science (3 Credit Hours)  
PSY 133:  Introduction to Psychology 3
Human Services (36 Credit Hours)  
HUS 101:  Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS 103:  Introduction to Alcohol and Nicotine Studies 3
HUS 107:  Case Management Practice in Human Services 3
HUS 126:  Introduction to Substance Abuse 3
HUS 201:  Introduction to Helping Skills 3
HUS 202:  Introduction to Group Counseling 3
HUS 203: Substance Abuse Counseling 3
HUS 204: Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis 3
HUS 210:  Professional Codes of Conduct 3
HUS 214: Special Issues in Drugs and Crime 3
HUS 226:  Concepts of Chemical Dependency 3
HUS 240:  Human Services Field Practicum 1 3
Restricted Elective (3 Credit Hours)
Choose one from the following:  CRJ/HUS 175:  Response to Victims of Crimes   
      or CRJ/HUS 235:  Drug Investigation (recommended)  
      or PSY 235:  Abnormal Psychology 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Physical Education 2
Total 63


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Ron Theobald, Assistant Professor of Human Services

Application and Admissions Information

Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522