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Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Chemical Dependency Professional

Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in chemical dependency. Graduates will learn specific job skills as well as communication skills, computational skills, applied sciences, human relations and social science. The AAS can be completed in two years with full-time attendance.

Program Overview

With coursework in addiction, client evaluation, referral and treatment, cultural implications, counseling, family involvement, and legal issues, you will be prepared for any field that requires knowledge of substance abuse.

With this program, you will earn an AAS degree in Chemical Dependency Professional and complete the educational requirements needed to become licensed as a chemical dependency professional in Washington state. If you already have a degree, you can meet requirements for your current job by taking individual chemical dependency courses.

Upon enrolling in an academic program and beginning your preparation to become a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) complete and submit an application to become a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDP-T). The application, along with addition Chemical Dependency Professional requirements and procedures, can be accessed at the Washington State Department of Health - Chemical Dependency Professional webpage.

Degree requirements and student learning outcomes

Educational Requirements for Chemical Dependency Licensing

Applicants for this license must have completed a minimum of 90 credits, including 45 credits of chemical dependency coursework. Individuals who have earned a college degree, or have a sufficient number of credits, may complete the 45 credits of chemical dependency coursework required to pursue a license as a chemical dependency professional. The additional requirements for becoming a licensed chemical dependency professional can be found through the Washington State Department of Health.

Those courses are listed below, along with the academic quarter during which they are taught. Please consult the current Highline Community College class schedule for course times and formats.

H SER 102 Physiological Actions of Psychoactive Drugs 5 Credits Fall
H SER 103 Case Management 5 Credits Fall/Spring
H SER 104 Relapse Prevention 3 Credits Fall
H SER 105 Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling 5 Credits Winter
H SER 113 Adolescent Development and Counseling 3 Credits Spring
H SER 119 Laws, Professionalism and Ethics 3 Credits Winter
H SER 120 Groups, Communities & Society 5 Credits Fall/Spring
H SER 222 Substance Abuse 3 Credits Fall/Spring
H SER 260 Culturally Competent Practices 3 Credits Fall/Spring
PSYCH 152 Understanding AIDS 2 Credits Fall/Winter/Spring
PSYCH 215 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 5 Credits Fall/Winter/Spring
PSYCH 220 Abnormal Psychology 5 Credits Fall/Spring

Dan Drischel
Human Services Program Manager
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