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CASAC FAQs

How does the non-credit differ from the credit program?

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.

Click here for more info on the credit program.

Do I need a high school diploma to register for this program?

Yes. OASAS requires that all students submit proof of high school completion or HSE.

Do I need to have prior experience to register for this program?

While some of our students are already working in the field, most are new and have no prior counseling experience.

Are there any pre-admission or testing requirements?

No.

What do I need to register for this program?

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

How long does it take to complete the program?

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)

How are the classes set up?

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.

Can I complete the entire program at one campus?

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.

How often do you start a new cohort?

A new cohort is usually scheduled twice a year. One at the main campus in Poughkeepsie and one at Dutchess South in Wappingers Falls. 

How much time outside of class is required for reading and homework each week?

Generally students should allow for approximately 4 hours each week for outside study. This does vary by instructor.

How important is attendance?

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.

 

Certification

Who is OASAS?

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.

What are the costs for the certification exam?

 

Do you offer the certification exam?

The OASAS exam is offered in Albany.

Is certification necessary to work in the industry?

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.

Will there be additional training requirements after I am certified?

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.

CASAC Clinical

How many hours are the clinical requirements?

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.

Do I make my own clinical arrangements?

Yes. Simply view the list of authorized service providers on the OASAS website and contact the clinical facility(s) of interest. 

Is there an additional charge for the clinical?

Because DCC has no involvement in your clinical there is no additional fee.

Should I expect to be compensated for my clinical hours?

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

What is the total cost of the program?

Currently, the entire tuition is $2895 plus approximately $375.40 for books. This is subject to change. Please note that you pay by semester so entire amount is not due at time of registration.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

No, but funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.