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Substance Abuse Counseling (A.A.S.)

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Program Coordinator: Kimberly Arrington, M.Ed., LPC
Office: Student Center 408
Phone: (409) 984-6307

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is a two year program that consists of a total of 60 hours of SAC courses and academic courses that include English, Speech, Biology and Introduction to Computer.

Once completing the 39 SAC semester hours, including 320 hours of field work, the student is eligible for a Counselor Intern licensure with the State of Texas and eligible to work as an intern while completing the necessary 4000 Intern hours.

An Intern is then eligible to sit for the full licensing exam and upon successful completion of all State requirements can be awarded credentials as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, or LCDC.

Texas Certification Board (TAB) is an autonomous arm of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. The certification board is committed to the setting of counselor standards and protection of the public good.

Job Outlook

Substance Abuse Counselors may counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Substance Abuse Counselor Information and Salary Potential


  • Students must purchase liability insurance and complete a criminal background check, prior to beginning practicum hours in the DAAC 1164 and DAAC 1165 Practicum courses. The background check is good for one year so complete one month prior to beginning the practicum course. View Directions
  • The following courses are required by the Texas Department of Professional Counselors licensing Board and MUST be taken to obtain Counselor Intern licensure after graduation: DAAC 2330 Multicultural Counseling, DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, DAAC 1164 Practicum, and DAAC 1165 Practicum.
Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Year
First Semester
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1317 Basic Counseling Skills 3
Second Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
DAAC 1305 Co-Occurring Disorders 3
DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
DAAC 2454 Dynamics of Group Counseling 4
  Total 16
Second Year
Third Semester
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work 3
ELECTIVE Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
DAAC 2307 Addicted Family Intervention 3
DAAC 2330 Multicultural Counseling 3
DAAC 1164 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1
Fourth Semester
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
DAAC 2306 Substance Abuse Prevention I 3
DAAC 2341 Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions 3
DAAC 2343 Current Issues 3
DAAC 1165 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1
Degree Plan Total Hours 60
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