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Substance Abuse Assistant

Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)


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.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3  
HMS 251 Substance Abuse I 3  
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 HMS 121
Total Credits 9  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 252 Substance Abuse II 3 ADJ 228
HMS 258 Case Management and Substance Abuse 3  
MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II 3 HMS 227, MEN 198
Total Credits 9  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
MEN 190 Coordinated Practice 3 MEN 290. See Notes 4 and 7.
MEN 196 On-Site Training 3 MEN 296. See Notes 4 and 7.
Total Credits 6  
Total Credits For Program 24  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the human services sequence courses (HMS 100, MEN 101 and MEN 102) in order to remain in the program.
  2. Students must complete HMS 100 and MEN 101 prior to enrolling in MEN 102.
  3. MEN 101 and HMS 251 must be completed prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and MEN 296.  Students must meet with their advisor prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and MEN 296.
  4. MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. MEN 290 and MEN 296 are corequisites and must be taken int he same semester. All  students who plan to pursue a degree or certification in Human Services are required to complete a 100 hour internship. 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.
  5. This program is in compliance with Commonwealth of Virginia requirements for certification as a substance abuse assistant.
  6. Students entering the public or private sectors of human services may 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.
  7. Students who are 18 years of age or younger may 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 be unable to graduate.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Health Sciences: 804-768-6611 (Chester).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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