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    73 credit hours

Human Services: Alcohol/Substance Abuse A.S. Degree

  • AS iconOur A.S. degree in Human Services: Alcohol/Substance Abuse prepares students for entry-level employment in the addiction field. You can take this program online or in a blended format.


  • Academic Pathway

     Please see the curriculum content for the most current academic pathway for this program.  

  • What You Will Learn

    • Human services delivery systems
    • Basic counseling skills and treatment modalities
    • Behavior modification and therapeutic interventions
    • Case management and clinical documentation
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Careers

    Our program prepares you for the following careers:

     
    • Shelter worker
    • Social work assistant
    • Substance abuse technician
    • Victim advocate
    • Youth worker
     

    Outlook

    As the human services industry moves toward more community-based services, there will be an increasing demand for trained human services professionals. Professionals with technical and interpersonal skills that can address social, emotional and cognitive problems will remain in demand. Employment in private agencies is expected to grow, as governments continue to contract out services to the private sector to cut costs.

  • Human Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse
    Associate in Science

    HSM-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Cheryl Kerr, Program Director, (727) 341-3736

    Program Summary

    Human services professionals work in a variety of settings with people from diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life. Our programs help you gain the needed skills to enter and succeed in this field. Our programs:
    o Prepare you for quick entry-level employment
    o Reflect an interdisciplinary approach to psychology, mental health, addictions, counseling, social work, sociology and youth development
    o Emphasize interviewing/assessing, addiction counseling, intervention techniques, knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive behavior patterns, communication skills and ethical issues

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Job Related Opportunities

    • Behavioral Health Technician
    • Case Manager
    • Community Health Worker
    • Family Support Worker
    • Human Services Assistant
    • Mental Health Technician
    • Social Services Specialist
    • Substance Abuse Technician
    • Victim Advocate
    • Youth Worker

    Admission Rules

    It is highly recommended that prior to beginning the degree program, students complete CGS 1070 or Computer/Information Literacy Competency requirement. General Education and Support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Program courses may be taken concurrently with general education and support courses. Please see an Academic Advisor at the St. Petersburg Gibbs campus or the Program Director.

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Ethics (Select 3 credits)

    PHI 1600Studies in Applied Ethics3
    PHI 1600HHonors Studies in Applied Ethics3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Psychology (Select 3 credits)

    1PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 credit)

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
    CGS 1070Basic Computer and Information Literacy1
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Complete 3 credits

    DEP 2004Developmental Psychology of the Life Span3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 51 Credits

    2HUS 1111Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes3
    3SYG 2324Principles of Substance Abuse3
    4HUS 2302Basic Counseling Skills3
    HUS 2421Methods for Identification and Intervention in Substance Abuse3
    5HUS 1431Issues in Addiction Prevention2
    6HUS 1450Dual Diagnosis I2
    7HUS 1480HIV/AIDS&Drug Crisis2
    8HUS 2200Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling3
    HUS 2403Abused Substances and their Effects3
    HUS 2420Evaluation of Treatment Environments3
    9HUS 2315Studies in Behavioral Modification3
    10HUS 2428Treatment and Resources in Substance Abuse3
    11HUS 2949Co-op Work Experience in Human Services3
    * After completing all of the above course requirements, students will be eligible to graduate with the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    HUS 1320Theories and Foundations of Crisis Intervention1
    HUS 1445Practices for Working With Dysfunctional Family Systems2
    HUS 1013Self-Esteem in Human Services3
    12HUS 2540Building Stronger Families and Communities3
    13HUS 1001Principles and Strategies for Human Services3
    14HUS 2550Social Services and the Disenfranchised3

    1 Course also applies to the Maternal and Child Health Advanced Technical Diploma (MCHL-ATD), the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT), and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    2 Course also applies to the Maternal & Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD), the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT), and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    3 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    4 4 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT) and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    5 5 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    6 6 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    7 7 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    8 8 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT) and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    9 9 Course also applies to the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    10 10 Course also applies to the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT).
    11 11 Course also applies to the Maternal & Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD), the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT), and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    12 12 Course also applies to the Maternal & Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD) and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    13 13 Course also applies to the Maternal & Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD) and the Youth Development Professional Certificate (YDPF-CT).
    14 14 Course also applies to the Maternal & Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD).

    Total Credits73
  • Continuing Your Education

    This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

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  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Cheryl KerrProgram DirectorSt. Petersburg/Gibbs CampusKerr.Cheryl@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3736