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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Certificate AL

Purpose:  This curriculum is designed to fulfill the Virginia state educational requirements for the certification of substance abuse counselors. To meet substance abuse counselor certification requirements, the applicant is expected to meet specific education requirements including didactic and experiential learning with a supervised internship required.

Individuals desiring skills and knowledge in this career field, but not seeking State Certification may also enroll.

Cooperative Education: Students in this curriculum will participate in at least 3 semester hours of Cooperative Education unless they already have equivalent experience. For further information, contact the Alexandria Campus Cooperative Education Office.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I or CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
HMS 121 Basic Counseling Skills I 3
HMS 141 Group Dynamics I 3
HMS 251 Substance Abuse I 3
HMS 266 Counseling Psychology 3
PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II 3
1SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   19
2nd Semester
2___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
HMS 142 Group Dynamics II 3
HMS 145 Effects of Psychoactive Drugs 3
HMS 252 Substance Abuse II 3
HMS 258 Case Mgt. & Substance Abuse 3
HMS 290 Coordinated Internship 3
Total   18
Total credits for the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor Certificate=37

1 Students can take the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.