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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Catalog 
    Aug 15, 2022  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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
(ELL 101  is an approved substitution for ENG 101)
3   BIO 110 Human Biology 3
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   Gen Ed Mathematics 3
HST 103 Introduction to Human Services and Social Work 3   HST 208 Social Work with Groups 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3   Gen Ed Diversity 3
Restricted Elective  Select from the list 3   CDC 220 Addiction Treatment Delivery 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
HST 207 Social Work with Individuals 3   CDC 212 Interviewing and Counseling 3
PSY 204 Lifespan Human Development 3   CDC 210 Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency 3
PSY 206 Abnormal Psychology 3   CDC 270 Internship II 3
CDC 203 Ethics in Counseling 3   Restricted Elective Select from the list 3
CDC 269 Internship I 3   Restricted Elective Select from the list 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

General Education Requirements (18-19 Credits)

Arts and Humanities

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/Physical Science



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101 & ELL-101


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 (8-9 Credits)

Please select 8-9 restricted elective credits from the following courses:


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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