Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies Major (clinical)

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The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Program (ASAP) may be pursued as either a Major (45 credits) or as a Minor (18 credits) in Healthcare Studies. Many of the students who complete the ASAP major also elect to complete a second major in psychology, social work, criminal justice, and other related areas. This major is designed to partially fulfill requirements to sit for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor examination. Current CASAC holders may elect to take some or all of these courses to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the credentia. 

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate student can declare an Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies major.

The healthcare studies faculty has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics or dispositions do not adequately meet academic, professional, or ethical standards.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course. (A grade of "C-" does not meet this requirement.)

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (45 credits)

  • Any college level statistics course with a grade of "C" or better (3 cr.)*
  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 421 Group Counseling Skills for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 422 Individual Treatment Planning for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 423 Theories of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 424 Counseling Diverse Populations for Alcohol and Other Drugs*
  • HCS 435 Evaluation and Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 437 Dual Diagnosis of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 445 Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 455 Ethics for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 497 Intern Seminar for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 498 Internship for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Suggested Electives

  • HCS 439 Grief and Loss for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Elective)
  • HCS 440 Trauma Informed Care for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Elective)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements


  1. Suggested statistics courses: PSH 202, MTH 243, PBH 488, or other.
  2. HCS 409 serves as a co- or prerequisite for all other courses in this major.
  3. HCS 423 is a pre-requisite for HCS 422.
  4. HCS 497 and HCS 498 are to be taken concurrently following completion of all ASAP courses (and stats) with a grade of "C" or better, an overall GPA of 2.5, and program coordinator's permission.

Electives (40 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 for all college courses.
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies major, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the various foundations for addiction professionals.
  2. Perform a clinical evaluation.
  3. Construct a treatment plan based on client needs.
  4. Identify appropriate referral sources to meet client needs.
  5. Explain how to network with other professionals to facilitate client care.
  6. Practice and evaluate various counseling techniques.
  7. Deliver psycho-education to clients, families, or communities.
  8. Construct appropriate documentation for client needs.
  9. Identify and apply professional, ethical standards relevant to working with addicted populations.