Human Services AAS Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling ConcentrationASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE


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First Semester Courses 16 Credits
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1417 Basic Counseling Skills 4
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
DAAC 2341 Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions 3
DAAC 2360 Clinical-Alcohol/Drug Counseling 3
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
Third Semester Courses 14 Credits
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Elective Life & Physical Sciences1 4
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Wellness 1
Elective Technical Elective3 3
Fourth Semester Courses 15 Credits
SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
GOVT 2305-or-GOVT 2306 Federal Government-or-Texas Government 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, and Culture1 3
DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders2 3
Human Services AAS Degree (Substance Abuse Counseling Track) Program Total 60 Credits


  1. Choose from the AAS Core
  2. Capstone course
  3. Complete course from any of the following subjects: CMSW, DAAC, SCWK, GERS


Program Details

The human services program provides the skills and competencies required for a variety of positions in the helping professions. Human service professionals work with people experiencing a wide range of problems, including those with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health problems or disorders, people with substance abuse problems, clients with work- or educational-related issues, or those needing assistance with basic life need issues such as housing, food, and clothing. Human service professionals work with children, adults, groups, families and the elderly.

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.

Students with a degree in human services work in a number of capacities and jobs, including case managers or case workers, counselors, advocates, and prevention or education specialists. 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.

All course work required for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor, as well as the supervised practicum training, is provided. Students can apply for temporary licensure and pursue employment (clinical internship) after completing the Basic Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate, although completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services is required for full licensure.

  • Note: Some placement sites required student to successfully pass a background check and drug screen.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Licensure - Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the State of Texas (LCDC)

Consequences of Criminal Conviction, Notice of Potential Ineligibility for License

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