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Chemical Dependency Certificate

The Program (HEGIS Code 5506)

The Human Services/Chemical Dependency Department has created a Chemical Dependency Online Certificate program geared toward individuals who are already working/studying in the field.  The certificate program will give students the 350 educational hours required by NYS OASAS to sit for the CASAC-T exam. 

Courses offered in the Chemical Dependency Online Certificate program will be offered fully online in 8 week sessions, allowing students to complete the program within one year.


Students are only admitted in the fall semester and must have either relevant experience in a chemical rehabilitation capacity and be recommended by an employer or degree credential at the associate or higher level.

Students must complete a supplemental application and communicate with Chemical Dependency staff prior to acceptance in the program. 

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with the Chemical Dependency certificate will:

  • 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

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities in the field of chemical dependency are strong.  Graduates of this program find employment as entry level counselors, intake coordinators, administrative positions, relief staff as well as a variety of other positions available within a particular organization.  Earnings will vary with type of program, education, experience, and geographic location.

Required Courses Credit Hours
Human Services (30 Credit Hours)  
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 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
Total 30


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Application and Admissions Information

Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522