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Dutchess Community College offers two paths to CASAC-T (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) credential, which is offered through the New York State OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services).
1. Non-credit, non-degree certificate
The Office of Community Services offers a 350-hour OASAS approved program which satisfies the educational component required to earn your CASAC-T credential. Students who typically choose this program have either already earned a college degree, already work in the field or are only interested in earning their CASAC certificate.
All FAQs on this page describe the non-credit program.
2. Credit / degree
You can also earn your CASAC-T through the Human Services credit program. This is a much longer process because it would require that students earn both a degree in any of the Human Services Programs plus the Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate.
Yes. OASAS requires that all students submit proof of high school completion or HSE.
While some of our students are already working in the field, most are new and have no prior counseling experience.
In order to register we need the following three documents to keep on file according to OASAS:
1) Photo ID: We will need to make a copy.
2) Proof of high school completion: This could also include a GED/ HSE or college transcript. It does not need to be an official sealed transcript.
For Dutchess students who have completed prior credits and wish to use a DCC transcript, you need to obtain the transcript. We are not able to obtain your transcript. You can obtain your DCC transcript by clicking here.
3) Signed Self-Attest form: Click here to download.
How is the DCC non-credit program structured?
OASAS divides the 350 required educational hours into four sections (Section I-IV.) We divide those same sections into five modules (CAS101 thru CAS105):
Section I = CAS101 (85 hours) Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Basic Knowledge
Section II = CAS102 (75 hours) This is the first 75 hours of 150 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling Part 1
CAS103 (75 hours) This is the second 75 hours of 150 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling Part 2
Section III (70 hours) = CAS104 (70 hours) Assessment & Evaluation
Section IV (45 hours) = CAS105 (45 hours) Professional and Ethical Responsibility
If you follow the recommended schedule below, the program can be completed in 3 semesters, or one academic year.
First Semester (CAS101)
Second Semester (CAS102 & CAS103) This will be your busiest semester
Third Semester (CAS104 & CAS105)
Each module meets one weeknight per week from 6 to 9:30 PM. Weeknight depends on module. In addition, there are also Saturday requirements according to the amount of hours:
CAS101 = 5 Saturdays
CAS102 = 4 Saturdays
CAS103 = 4 Saturdays
CAS104 = 4 Saturdays
CAS105 = Usually 0 depending on the calendar
The time for Saturday classes is from 8 AM-4 PM.
The program is scheduled so that you can complete the entire program at the same campus in one academic year. Depending on enrollment, this is subject to change.
A new cohort is usually scheduled twice a year. One at the main campus in Poughkeepsie and one at Dutchess South in Wappingers Falls.
Generally students should allow for approximately 4 hours each week for outside study. This does vary by instructor.
Because this is an hours-based program, attendance is extremely important. Class can only be missed for extreme circumstances. All required hours must be completed before 350 certificates can be issued.
In addition to completing the 350 educational hours, are there any other requirements
to receive a CASAC?
Yes. Students will also need to complete the online NYS Mandated Reporter training, eventually pass the CASAC Certification Exam and complete clinical hours. See below for more details on both.
The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with nearly 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. OASAS chemical dependence treatment programs assist about 100,000 people a day and approximately 240,000 individuals every year.
For more information, visit the OASAS website.
$245, but is subject to increase at the discretion of OASAS.
The OASAS exam is offered in Albany.
No. You can begin work in the industry while you work toward your CASAC. But in addition to completing the 350 educational hours, you will ultimately need to complete all required clinical hours and pass the OASAS Certification exam in order to be eligible for CASAC Certification.
After you successfully obtain your CASAC, you will need 60 hours of continuing education during your renewal period. This information is found on the OASAS website.
Students are required to complete up to 6,000 clinical hours. In certain cases a significant number of hours can be reduced depending on prior coursework in a related degree-bearing program or related work experience. To start that process, call the OASAS Credentialing Department at 1-800-482-9564. Start early as this process takes some time. DCC cannot make that determination for you.
Yes. Simply view the list of authorized service providers on the OASAS website and contact the clinical facility(s) of interest.
Because DCC has no involvement in your clinical there is no additional fee.
While you might complete some of your initial clinical hours free of compensation, you should expect to turn that into a compensated position either at your initial clinical site or another while you accrue your clinical hours.
Tuition and Payment
Currently, the entire tuition is $2895 plus $149 for manual used for all five modules. This is subject to change. Please note that you pay by semester so entire amount is not due at time of registration.
No, but funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.