Programs of Study

Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counseling

Degree: AAS  | OASAS Required 350 Hour Coursework

Program Summary:

The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling AAS program is designed to introduce students to a career working with individuals struggling with addiction, while also offering them the opportunity to pursue their New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

SUNY Sullivan is an approved training provider of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS). The AAS program provides the opportunity for students to complete the required 350-hour educational training and begin field placement hours as a first step to becoming CASAC certified. In New York State, OASAS oversees treatment for substance use disorders. In addition to major-specific coursework this program offers a Liberal Arts base to help prepare students for advanced degrees.

In addition to helping students qualify for the NYS CASAC, upon completion of this Associate in Applied Science degree graduates will:

  • Understand fundamental concepts specific to chemical dependency that encompass historical, political, social and legal factors.
  • Examine the nature of addiction as it pertains to the biological, psychological and social aspects of individuals, families, communities, and societies.
  • Understand the importance of attitudes, values, and the ethical and legal aspects of clinical practice.
  • Utilize best practice and evidence-based practices to provide assessments,
    treatment modalities, and theoretical approaches.
  • Develop competency-based counseling and cultural competency skills in working with individuals, families and special populations with substance use disorders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to fulfill all core functions of a counselor through course work and successful field experiences.

The SUNY Sullivan


Our Alcoholism and Drug Abuse AAS Program offers:

  • NYS Approved Training

    SUNY Sullivan is an approved training provider of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS).

  • Transfer seamlessly to a Bacherlor's Degree

    SUNY Empire will accept Sullivan’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling AAS degree towards their Addiction Studies Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Hands-on Experience

    Assessment, evaluations, treatment planning, case management, record keeping, referral and family/community education. Field placement at a NYS OASAS-run facility under the supervision of a Qualified Healthcare Professional.

  • Placement Collaboration

    Local Sullivan County Addiction Services and Supports collaborate with placing students at their agencies.

Intro Human Services
English Composition I
General Psychology
Drug Use & Abuse
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Introduction to Counseling
Introduction of Sociology
Introduction to Biology I/Lab
ADA Field Experience I
Abnormal Psychology
Race, Class, and Gender
English Composition II
HS Skills Exploration
Professional Ethics in Human Services
ADA Counseling Practicum
Family Counseling and Chemical Dependence
Developmental Psychology
Fundamentals of Speech


Interested in Transferring to a SUNY 4-year college?

Check out SUNY’s Course Equivalencies to find out what and how courses will transfer.

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