Criminal Justice - Substance Abuse Services

Program Information

Degree Type: AAS
Program Code: CRSA
Hegis Code: 5505.00
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This degree fills a long-standing need to hire employees with a background in criminal justice and substance abuse issues. Many employers in a variety of criminal justice/human services/social work/counseling fields seek applicants who have a background in both of these areas. It is designed for students interested in working in the field of drug-and alcohol-related counseling, probation and parole, correctional counseling, social work, adolescent and juvenile services, community services, crime victims advocacy and many other interesting and rewarding careers. This curriculum aims to provide training for those already employed in these fields, for those who seek to enter any of these fields immediately after graduation, or for those who wish to transfer to a four-year college.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for certification through the State of New York as a "Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training."

Cr. Course Title Course Code

Introduction to College Writing


ENG 104 Writing for the Business and Professions or ENG 110 Elements of Technical Writing recommended

ENG102, ENG103, ENG104, ENG105, ENG106, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 or ENG110

3 SUNY General Education Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning)  
4 Principles of Biology BIO103
3 Principles of Sociology SOC101
3 General Psychology PSY101
3 Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ101
3 Criminal Law CRJ104
1 Professional Ethics in Substance Abuse Treatment CRJ202 (Spring only - Prereq Required)

Criminal Procedure or

Criminal Evidence

CRJ211 (Prereq Required) or

CRJ212 (Prereq Required)

3 Criminology SOC211 (Prereq Required)
3 Introduction to Social and Human Services SOC215 (Spring only)
3 Corrections: Probation, Parole, and Social Structure SOC274 (Prereq Required)
3 Drugs, Crime and Treatment SOC275 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
3 The Psychology of Substance Abuse and Dependency PSY175 (Fall only)
3 Abnormal Psychology PSY203 (Prereq Required)
3 The Family and Chemical Dependency PSY276 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
3 Treatment Issues in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling PSY278 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
3 Special Issues in Chemical Dependency  PSY279 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
3 Clinical Skills Development I PSY280 (Fall only - Prereq and Coreq Required)
3 Clinical Skills Development II PSY281 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
64 Minimum credits required for graduation  
Recommended First Year
First Semester
1-2 HRD100, HRD100A or HRD110
3 ENG101
3 CRJ101
3 SOC101
3 PSY101 (See Note 1)
3 PSY175 (See Note 1)
Second Semester
3 ENG102 - ENG110 (ENG104 recommended)
3 CRJ104
3 PSY276


3 SOC215
3 SOC275
Recommended Second Year
Third Semester
4 SUNY GEN ED Mathematics
3 SOC274
3 SOC 211
3 PSY279
3 PSY280 (See Note 2)
Fourth Semester
4 BIO103
3 CRJ211 or CRJ212
3 PSY203
3 PSY281 (See Note 2)
1 CRJ202



  1. PSY101 and PSY175 must both be taken during the first fall semester for a CRSA student to progress through prescribed course of study as outlined in the course catalog.
  2. A student must have 30 earned program credits and the necessary course prerequisites to enroll in PSY280 and PSY281.
  3. Students with prior credit in PSY280A, PSY280B, PSY281A and PSY281B may use those credits to meet degree requirements.


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