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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Substance Abuse Counseling, A.A.S.

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The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Substance Abuse Counseling is designated to prepare students to pursue a career or continue on to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. The program complements existing offerings at HCC in Human Services and Psychology. The curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and to prepare students to seek a state credential as a Certified Supervised Counselor-Alcohol and Drug (CSC-AD). The associate degree prepares graduates to work with clients facing substance dependency or abuse in a variety of clinical settings, both outpatient and residential, under the supervision of a Board-approved alcohol and drug supervisor.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition
*(ENG 101E  and ENG 101P  are approved substitutions for ENG 101)  
3   PSY 206 Abnormal Psychology 3
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   MAT 109
MAT 115
Quantitative Reasoning
HST 103 Introduction to Human Services and Social Work 3   HST 208 Social Work with Groups 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3   Restricted Elective Select from the list 3
BIO 110 Human Biology 3        
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   12
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
HST 207 Social Work with Individuals 3   Gen Ed Diversity 3
CDC 203 Ethics Counseling 3   PSY 204 Lifespan Human Development 3
CDC 220 Addiction Treatment Delivery 3   CDC 270 Internship II 3
Restricted Elective Select from the list 3   Restricted Elective Select from the list 3
CDC 269 Internship I 3   CDC 210 Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency 3
        CDC 212 Interviewing and Counseling 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   18

General Education Requirements (18 Credits)

Arts and Humanities

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/Physical Science



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101, ENG-101E, and ENG-101P

Internship/Practicum (6 Credits)

Internship/Practicum - Six semester credits (180 hours per course) are required by the State of Maryland for Licensure. Students unable to complete this will be offered other coursework to receive their degree but will not be eligible for state Licensure. 

Restricted Electives (9 Credits)

Select Restricted Elective credits from the following list:


Students who have been convicted of certain crimes may be precluded from employment in this field. Please discuss concerns with the program coordinator.

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)

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