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Associate in Science

Human Services (Addictions Counseling Specialization) (2291)

THE CAREER: Graduates of this A.S. degree program are eligible to apply for entry-level positions in the addictions treatment field. Professionals in this field provide individual and group counseling to deal with substance abuse issues, develop individual treatment plans, provide correspondence to referral sources and maintain a code of ethics. Typical job titles include program assistant, mental health technician and counselor-in-training.

THE PROGRAM: This program is designed to meet the didactic requirement for admission to the CAAP-1 exam, however, admittance to the exam also requires the applicant to document approximately 3,000 hours of applicable job experience. For specifics concerning the CAAP-1 exam, please contact the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida, 1715 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32201. Classes are offered at North Campus in the evening.

Expected Job Growth: 36% within the next ten years.

Salary: Starting at $12 - $15/hr; averaging $22,300 annually.

Certification and Licensing
This program prepares students for the Certified Associate Addictions Professional 1 (CAAP-1) exam.

Application Procedure

The program admits students each Fall and Spring terms. Admission is limited because of clinical placement concerns. All courses prefixed with HUS are offered at night on the North Campus. To apply to the program, students must:

  1. Have a valid social security number to be used as a student identification number.
  2. Have a high school equivalency degree or valid high school diploma
  3. Satisfactorily complete all college preparatory courses needed
  4. Complete a program application (obtained from the program office, 904.766.6663) prior to July 1
  5. Via enrollment services, ensure they are degree-seeking and majoring in the Human Services program (2291).


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
PSY 1012 General Psychology (3)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
HUM 2450 Humanities in the Americas (3)
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Credit hours: 16

Professional Courses
ENC 1102 English Composition II: Writing About Non-Fiction Prose (3)
SPC 2016 Speech Communication for Business and the Professions (3)
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  or REL 2300 World Religions
  or PHI 2600 Moral and Political Philosophy
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics (3)
BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development (3)
SLS 1931 Selected Topics in Student Life Skills (1)

Credit hours: 20

Human Services Courses
HUS 1032 Understanding Addiction - Concepts of Chemical Dependency (3)
HUS 1303 Treatment Knowledge - Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
HUS 1308 Application to Practice - Communication skills in the Helping Relationships (3)
HUS 1531 Professional Readiness - Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (3)
HUS 2475 Professional Dimensions of Practice I - Professional and Ethical Responsibilities (3)
HUS 2332 Professional Dimensions of Practice II - Clinical Evaluation (3)
HUS 2333 Professional Dimensions of Practice III - Treatment Planning, Service Coordination and Referral (3)
HUS 2334 Professional Dimensions of Practice IV - Counseling - Individual and Group (3)
HUS 2444 Professional Dimensions of Practice V - Part I: Counseling Families, Couples and Significant Others;
   Part II: Client, Family and Community Education (3)
HUS 2227 Professional Dimensions of Practive VI - Documentation (3)
HUS 2930 Special Topics in Addictions and Counseling (3)
HUS 1940 Internship I (2)
HUS 2941 Internship II (2)

Credit hours: 58

Total Credit Hours: 73

Clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Estimated tuition is $4,400 (for Florida residents as of 7/04). Estimated cost of books, materials and fees is $400.


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