The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program is for students interested in pursuing a career as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, in the field of addiction treatment. Students participating in this program, whether registered for day/eve or weekend classes, will be provided with the 350 hours of eductation and training required by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Upon completion of this program, the student will receive a certificate, provided by OASAS, to attach to their Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor application. The student will be sent, after the application is received and processed, their certification as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee (CASAC-T). Graduates receiving this certification as a CASAC-T can work within an alcohol/substance abuse treatment program and other human services agencies throughout New York State.
A personal interview may be required before being admitted to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling program. Your academic and professional competence will be periodically reviewed by the faculty. Enrollment and continuation in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling program are subject to faculty approval. You must earn a grade of C or better in ASA and HUM courses and have a GPA of 2.0 to continue in the program, take field work courses, or graduate from the program.
If you transfer into the Alcohol and Substance Abuse program from another Onondaga curriculum, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average. Special program costs may include transportation to and from field work sites. Prior to being accepted for field work, you may be required to have a medical exam, a tuberculin test and a background check.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of theory specific to the alcohol/substance abuse discipline.
- Students will apply knowledge of theory to practice.
- Students will apply the code of ethical conduct in various professional interactions.
- Students will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity and social justice.