SUNY Jefferson

Chemical Dependency AAS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Helping others, solving problems, challenging situations
  • Skill Building: Communication, counseling, decision-making, problem-solving
  • Career Options: Health care, nonprofits, government, law enforcement
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5506

Tackle substance abuse and addiction after graduation

Jefferson’s two-year Chemical Dependency A.A.S. program prepares students to take on today’s growing epidemic of substance abuse and addiction. The program includes 63 hours of academic credit, including 18 hours in chemical dependency. It offers students real-world experience working with patients at local treatment centers.

You’ll graduate ready to start your career and with the 350 hours of education and training required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to begin work as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T) trainee.

This program offers:

  • Opportunities for hands-on practice in real-world settings
  • Immediate preparation for career or further studies
  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T) trainee requirements
  • Preparedness for ample jobs in this field

Graduate ready to help others overcome addiction

The growing opioid epidemic means job opportunities in the chemical dependency field are on the rise. In fact, the need for qualified counselors is expected to grow by more than 20% through 2026. 

When you graduate with an associate’s degree in chemical dependency from Jefferson, you’ll be ready to work as an entry-level counselor, intake coordinator, or relief staff in mental health centers, community health centers, prisons, and private practice. Some graduates choose to continue their education first, transferring to four-year colleges and applying their Jefferson credits.

Gain the skills needed to treat, prevent chemical dependency

When you complete the Chemical Dependency A.A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Build a psychological foundation for helping others
  • Possess the ethics and professionalism needed for effective treatment
  • Understand chemical dependency and treatment options
  • Learn the basics of counseling


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


Degree requirements for Chemical Dependency A.A.S.

Effective Fall 2017

Chemical Dependency Core Requirements (36 credit hours)
Chemical Dependency Core Requirements (36 credit hours) 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
Liberal Arts Requirements (19 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (19 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Laboratory Science Elective (BIO 106: Human Biology recommended) 4
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or
MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 3
Electives (6 credit hours)
Electives (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Restricted Elective
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
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements 2 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours 63


Program contacts

Amy O'Donnell

Instructor of Chemical Dependency 
(315) 786-2476