Chemical Dependency Counseling


Tompkins Cortland Community College

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Earn your certificate degree online

You will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students

Qualified specialists are in demand as we learn more about the frequency and severity of alcoholism and other substance abuse. The chemical dependency counseling degree prepares you as a professional in the addictions treatment field for practice experiences in therapeutic communities, rehabilitation centers, outpatient programs, correctional facilities, hospitals, and related organizations. Specialized courses in counseling are combined with courses in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science. 

The program also provides required continuing education and clock hours for those already working in the field. A new 350 clock hour certificate program in Chemical Dependency Counseling is available at TC3.

It is intended for individuals who are:

a) seeking a 350 clock hour certificate to meet New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) credentialing requirements; 

b) seeking to enhance their current employment or academic experience with concentrated study in a specialized career field; 

c) seeking to complete their certificate program requirements partially or entirely online. 

In addition, the certificate provides an alternative educational opportunity for those pursuing direct access to the addictions employment field upon program completion. Besides the 350 clock hours of education/training, students must also complete 1 3 years of specific work experience in the chemical dependency field to meet eligibility requirements for the NYS OASAS credentialing examination.

What's a certificate?
Certificates are usually one year in length and lead directly to employment. They consist of a focused series of courses and are typically found at Community Colleges.

How do I enroll?

Follow these steps to start your application

  1. Go to the online application
  2. Create an account
  3. Complete the forms or save for later
  4. Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  5. Submit any supplemental materials, if required
  6. Send in your academic records

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