Addiction Studies AAS
SUNY Jefferson
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Addiction Studies AAS

Counselor helping patient
50% or more of this program can be completed online.

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 Addiction Studies 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 addiction studies. 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 addiction studies 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 addiction studies 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 addiction

When you complete the Addiction Studies 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 addictions/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 Addiction Studies A.A.S.

Effective Fall 2022

Addiction Studies Core Requirements (36 credit hours)
Addiction Studies 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 Addiction Studies 3
HUS 240: Human Services Field Practicum 1 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 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
PSY 235: Abnormal Psychology 3
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 3
Electives (3 credit hours)
Electives (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements Credit Hours
Physical Education 2

Total Credit Hours 63


Program contacts

Amy O'Donnell

Instructor of Addiction Studies 
(315) 786-2476