Chemical Dependency Studies

Substance abuse counselors teach people how to cope with addiction and behavioral disorders to help clients facilitate change to create the lives they desire.

Unfortunately, there is a critical need for counselors in behavioral health agencies, specialized treatment centers, prevention programs, transitional homes, group homes, human resources, education centers, social services, and the criminal justice system.

Counselors assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs, or damaging behavioral disorders, such as gambling.

We offer an Associate of Applied Science - Chemical Dependency degree program (61 credit hours). The program can provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for substance abuse technician licensure. Click here and we’ll send you more information about the program.

Coursework involves theory and application in assessment, diagnosing and treatment planning for substance use disorders throughout the continuum of care, psychopharmacology, ethics, mental health disorders, working with diverse individuals and groups, and the impact of substance use on families and communities. 

In addition to your course work, you will receive 240 hours of field experience in recommended settings such as clinics, hospitals, health agencies, and governmental units. Applicants for Arizona licensure are also required to take a national or international exam. Other states have similar requirements.

“Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.”

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, on the Internet at (visited October 15, 2014).


Program Notes:

With successful completion of this coursework, students can earn an AA in Chemical Dependency Studies which meets the educational requirements necessary to apply for licensure as a Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT) through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE).  Licensure is not required to work in the field; it is the responsibility of each student to determine if licensure should be pursued.

 It is the responsibility of each student to check with your state’s regulatory body to assure that this degree meets the state’s requirements for certification or licensure. 

  • CHD 100 is a prerequisite for all other CHD courses.
  • CHD courses are not offered each semester.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 in each required course.

For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.