At Hilbert College, our goal is to get you career ready in a field that matters to you. The Associate of Arts in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling (ASAC) degree offers students a two-year path to meet the competencies outlined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), in partial fulfillment of the Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credential. On completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to apply for the CASAC-T credential through OASAS, a requirement for most entry-level positions.
When you attend college at Hilbert, you’re not just a student. You’ll join a passionate community of peers and faculty who truly care about your personal and professional goals, empowering you to get the most out of your educational experience.
Working in the field of alcohol and substance abuse counseling is a powerful way to make an immediate and measurable impact in your community. Our program prepares you to work with individuals and families who substance abuse disorders have affected so that you can help people heal firsthand.
Our mission at Hilbert College is to provide an education and career path that values strengthening communities through service. We’ll help you identify your goals, and we’ll support you in reaching them.
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Colleen Kumiega, M.S. ED
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The ASAC degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in human services and substance-related fields. Alcohol and substance abuse professionals serve in various settings, including delivering prevention and treatment services to children and adults through inpatient, outpatient, community-based and residential programs.
No matter which setting you see yourself working in, the ASAC degree will prepare you with the skills to be an empathetic and caring mental health professional who helps others improve their lives.
Hilbert College faculty and counselors can help you map your path to a meaningful career. Upon completion of the associate program and the CASAC-T credential through OASAS, you may be eligible for careers such as:*
Social and Human Services Assistant
Median annual salary (2021): $37,610
Community Health Worker
Median annual salary (2021): $46,590
Substance Abuse or Mental Health Counselor
Median annual salary (2021): $48,520
Median annual salary (2021): $50,390
Health Education Specialist
Median annual salary (2021): $60,600
Demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors will rise by 22% by 2031, much faster than average when compared with all other jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
At Hilbert College, we’re committed to amplifying good in the world. This empowering, welcoming atmosphere comes naturally to us — we prioritize service, compassion, and integrity in everything we do. That mindset is especially strong in the ASAC program, in which we’ll give you the skills to pay empathy forward.
Our passionate community of change-makers is ready to welcome you into the Hilbert family. Are you ready to take the leap and make the most of your career?
The ASAC program learning outcomes are specifically designed to get you career-ready. Upon graduation from the program, you’ll be equipped to:
Successful demonstration of the above Hilbert ASAC program objectives include competencies outlined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), in partial fulfillment of the Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credential.
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The primary outcome for graduates of our program is to be a substance abuse counselor in the state of New York. However, the degree serves as a great foundation for a wide variety of careers in social work and mental health.
As of 2021, the median annual salary for a substance abuse counselor was $48,520, according to the BLS. However, salary ranges can vary depending on factors including education, experience level, and geographic location.
For a full-time student, the ASAC is designed to be completed in two years.
Earning your ASAC degree from Hilbert empowers you to foster true change in your community by serving those with substance abuse disorders. You’ll also be positioned for competitive advantage in an industry that shows significant long-term growth potential.
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