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 60 hours of academic credit.  It includes 18 hours in specific chemical dependency courses.  An important feature of the program is a fieldwork placement in a chemical dependency program setting 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, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, Fort Drum Behavioral Health, and private counseling centers.

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. Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with: 

SUNY Binghamton
Keuka College
Columbia College
SUNY Brockport
Cornell University
SUNY Cortland
SUNY Empire State College
Ithaca College
Syracuse University


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
Humanities (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101:  Research and Composition 3
ENG 218:  Technical and Professional Writing 3
Humanities Elective
     (ART, any foreign language, MUS, PHI, JOU, ENG, STA)
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 (6 Credit Hours)  
PSY 133:  Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 235: Abnormal Psychology 3
Human Services (30 Credit Hours)  
HUS 101:  Introduction to Human Services 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 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)
SOC 144; SOC 241; STA 161 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Electives (3 Credit Hours)  
“Free” Electives; from any area.
     (Recommend HUS/CRJ 175: Response to Victims of Crimes)
 Physical Education 2
Total 63


For More Information

Gwendolyn Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood

Ron Theobald, Instructor for Human Services

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522