2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 17, 2019  
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Substance Abuse Assistant, CSC

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PURPOSE: This program provides a strong educational component and hands-on training to students who are interested in working in substance abuse. It fulfills some of the requirements needed for certification in Virginia as a substance abuse assistant.

By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an introductory level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Recognize the various types of addictions and the differences among them.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work in a multicultural context applying this knowledge in their treatment of substance abuse in the field.
  3. Describe examples of human services agencies, their roles in providing support to the community, and potential careers in the human services sector.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.


Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Total Credits for Completion: 24


1Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all Human Services sequence courses (HMS 100 , MEN 101 , and MEN 102 ) in order to remain in the program.

2Students must meet with their advisor prior to enrolling in MEN 190  and MEN 196  or MEN 290  and MEN 296  

3Students must complete HMS 100 and MEN 101 prior to enrolling in MEN 102

4HMS 100, MEN 101 and HMS 251 must be completed prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196.

5MEN 190  and MEN 196  are co-requisites and must be taken in the same semester. (MEN 290  and MEN 296  are co-requisites and must be taken the same semester.) All students who plan to pursue a degree or certificate in Human Services are required to complete a 100 hour internship. Students pursuing a Substance Abuse Assistant Certificate must secure a practicum in a substance abuse agency or facility. Students will secure their own internship sites prior to the start of their MEN 190  and MEN 196  classes or their MEN 290  and MEN 296  classes. All internships must be approved by the Human Services and Mental Health Program Chair.

6This program is in compliance with State of Virginia requirements for certification as a Substance Abuse Assistant.

7Students entering the public or private sectors of human services will be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment.

8Students who are 18 years of age or younger will not be able to secure an internship. Should students be unable to secure an internship, they will be unable to complete the requirements of the Human Services degree and therefore unable to graduate.

9 Students must complete HMS 251 with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrolling in HMS 252 or ADJ 228, 0r HMS258.

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