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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services - Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDAA1)

Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Location: Fort Omaha Campus

This degree prepares students for positions in public and private sectors. A variety of learning experiences focus on theoretical and practical knowledge in working with chemically dependent individuals and their families. Students have the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to work with individuals or groups within the area of chemical dependency counseling. The intent of the program is to facilitate meeting Nebraska certification standards. State certification requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Prospective students should be aware that human services agencies/substance abuse treatment facilities will perform criminal background checks, as well as Department of Health and Human Services child abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse registry checks. This may prevent employment at that agency or facility. The Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling programs will also require students to provide Department of Health and Human Services child abuse and vulnerable adult abuse registry checks before being allowed to do a practicum.

Graduation Requirements
Major Requirements: 46.0
Option Requirements: 30.0
General Education: 22.5
Total credit hours required: 98.5

The associate degree requires successful completion of all requirements listed and that all courses with an HMSV prefix have a C grade or better.

The following General Education courses are recommended for Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDAA1): Communication: ENGL 1010 ; Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness: PSYC 1010 ; Professionalism/Life Skills & Information Literacy: HMRL 1010  


EMSP 1010  is required for those who do not currently hold a valid CPR/first aid card and students must submit documentation that verifies current certification in adult CPR and basic first aid before participating in practicum courses.


Some courses may be taken pass/fail without tests for continuing education units (CEUs) in various professions without pursuing a degree in the program.

In order to submit an application to participate in practicum, students must have been accepted to MCC and have completed all of the first year classes. All classes with an HMSV prefix must have a grade of C or better.

Individuals considering a degree or employment in the human services or chemical dependency fields should be aware of strict practicum admission qualifications. Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services checks are conducted before practicum placement is offered. The College reserves the right to share the results of any such investigation with any institution at which students intend to participate in a practicum experience. This practice is consistent with Nebraska state statutes. Consult the Human Services program manual for other prerequisites to practicum placement.

Due to the limited number of chemical dependency practicum sites in the Omaha area, MCC cannot guarantee students entry into the chemical dependency counseling practicum courses (HMSV 2994 , HMSV 2995 , and HMSV 2996 ) in any given quarter. Consequently, graduation from the program may be delayed. It is possible that a shortage of practicum sites for the general human services practicum courses (HMSV 2991 , HMSV 2992 , and HMSV 2993 ) might occur.

Associate in Applied Sciences General Education Requirements (22.5 credit hours)

The following are General Education requirements for an Associate in Applied Sciences degree (AAS). Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.


1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 Level I course from the list of Communication General Education courses in the current course catalog.


1 Course     4.5 - 5.0 credit hrs. 

Please check your degree program for recommended Math course.

Select 1 college level math course from the list of General Education math courses in the current course catalog.

*Based on the Math course you select, pre-requisites may be required.

Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness

1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1course from the list of Humanities or Social Sciences General Education course options in the current course catalog. 


Scientific Inquiry

1 Course     4.5-6.0 credit hrs.   

Select 1 course from list of Natural or Social Science General Education courses in the current course catalog.


*Students choosing a Social Sciences course to satisfy the Scientific Inquiry requirement should take a Humanities course to satisfy the Critical Thinking/Creativity and Social/Cultural Awareness competency.

Professionalism/Life Skills & Information Literacy

1 Course     4.5

Select one of the following courses.