Substance Abuse Counseling

Associate of Applied Science Degree.

About the program:

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Substance Abuse Counseling at Kilgore College can be completed in two years and provides the educational foundation required by the Texas Department of State Health Services to pursue a credential as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). The program includes both face-to-face and online classes as well as a structured supervised practicum in an approved off-campus training site during the last semester of course work. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to begin the 4,000 hours of required supervised work to become an LCDC.


 Current state requirements for LCDC licensure:

  • Complete an associate’s degree which includes 300 hours of practicum experience.
  • Pass a comprehensive written examination administered by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.
  • Complete 4,000 hours of supervised work experience after receiving the associate’s degree.

Career Opportunities:

  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals n  Residential Care Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Outpatient Mental Health Centers
  • Health Clinics
  • Correctional Facilities

Financial Aid:

Kilgore College students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Substance Abuse Counseling are eligible to apply for financial aid.  Some types of aid, such as the Perkins Grant, may provide assistance with childcare, textbooks, and fuel costs.   To be eligible for this type of grant a student must demonstrate that they: meet the grant’s definition of special population, have financial need, and are enrolled full time in a career/technical major.  Additionally, the student must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Advisors are available on campus to assist with the financial aid application process.


View Career Pathway/Sample Degree Plan for Substance Abuse Counseling (pdf)

For information about Substance Abuse Counseling:

Tina Rushing
Program Leader, Instructor
Substance Abuse Counseling
Phone:
(903) 983-8227