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Human Services AAS Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration

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The Human Services program offers two degrees within its substance abuse counseling concentration. The Basic Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate (Certificate 1) provides the foundational knowledge and skills related to the substance abuse counseling field. The certificate, which also includes eh state-mandated 300 hour field practicum, allows graduates to apply with the state of Texas to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LSCD) Interns. LCDC Interns are permitted to begin working in the substance abuse counseling field in entry-level positions. Completing the second degree offered within this concentration, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, places graduates on the path to become fully licensed at LCDCs once they have completed all of their Intern requirements.

Human service professionals are motivated by helping others. Effective professionals are patient, have empathy and compassion for others, and enjoy giving of themselves and working with others. Human service professionals should also be able to manage their time well and possess effective communication skills. Because of the nature of the work in this field, professionals should be mature, stable and dependable.

Many graduates work one-on-one with clients in direct care positions, while others work behind the scenes or in administrative or management positions. Human service professionals work in government- or state-funded agencies, in non-profit agencies, in residential treatment programs and hospitals, and in private offices or agencies.

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Please contact Glen Killian at Glen.H.Killian@LoneStar.edu or call 936.273.7061 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Basic Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate Level I program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 16 Credits
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1417 Basic Counseling Skills 4
DAAC 2341 Counsel Alcohol & Drug Addictions 3
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
Third Semester Courses 5 Credits
PHED Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course 1
Elective Natural Science1 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3
CMSW 1309-or-CMSW 1341-or-CMSW 1353 Problems of Children & Adolescents-or-Behavior Modification with Cognitive Disorder-or-Family Intervention Strategies 3
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
GOVT 2305-or-GOVT 2306 Federal Government-or-Texas Government 3
SPCH 1311-or-SPCH 1315-or-SPCH 1318-or-SPCH 1321 Introduction to Communication-or-Public Speaking-or-Interpersonal Communication-or-Business and Professional Communication 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, and Culture1 3
DAAC 2360 Clinical - Alcohol/Drug Counseling2 3
Human Services AAS Degree (Substance Abuse Counseling Track) Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $37,0241

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor)2
  • Substance Abuse Counselor2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


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Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

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