SUNY Jefferson

Chemical Dependency Certificate

Program Type: Career, 1 year 
Delivery Method: Online only
Personal Interests: Helping others, solving problems, challenging situations
Skill Development: Communication, counseling, decision-making, problem-solving
Career Options: Health care, nonprofits, government, law enforcement
Program Code: HEGIS 5506

Tackle substance abuse and addiction 

The Chemical Dependency Certificate program was specifically developed for working professionals in the field. The Certificate program will give you the 350 educational hours required by NYS OASAS to sit for the CASAC-T exam.

This program offers:

  • 1 year completion guaranteed with adequate grades
  • All online classes to help working professionals with busy schedules
  • 350 educational hours required by NYS OASAS to sit for the CASAC-T exam
  • Access to a credential needed by many in the local community 
  • Program design for professionals working in the field

Application guidelines are unique

This program is very unique and you need to follow certain guidelines.

  • Must have relevant experience in a chemical rehabilitation capacity or have a degree credential at the associate's or higher level degree in a closely related field
  • Complete a supplemental application
  • Speak with our chemical dependency staff prior to acceptance in the program

Please note this program only starts in the fall semester.

Apply what you know

Graduating with a Chemical Dependency Certificate will allow you to:

  • 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
  • Earn the educational hours required by New York State to become a professional in the field of chemical dependency

Continue your career or try something new

You are in the right field.  Career opportunities in the field of chemical dependency are strong with the explosion of substance abuse problems in our country. If you aren't already employed you will find jobs and be qualified to serve as entry level counselors, intake coordinators, administrative roles, relief staff as well as a variety of other positions available within a particular organization. Your earnings will vary with type of program, education, experience, and geographic location.

Requirement for the Chemical Dependency Certificate

Human Services (30 credit hours)

HUS 103: Introduction to Alcohol and Nicotine Studies 
HUS 107: Case Management Practice in Human Services 
HUS 126: Introduction to Substance Abuse 
HUS 201: Introduction to Helping Skills 
HUS 202: Introduction to Group Counseling 
HUS 203: Substance Abuse Counseling 
HUS 210: Professional Codes of Conduct 
HUS 214: Special Issues in Drugs and Crime 
HUS 226: Concepts of Chemical Dependency 
HUS 240: Human Services Field Practicum 1 

Total 30 credit hours

Program contacts

Paul Alteri
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 
(315) 786-2442

Amy O'Donnell
Instructor of Chemical Dependency 
(315) 786-2476


Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522