May 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog

Human Services - Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDAA1)

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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
General education: 27.0-27.5
Major requirements: 41.5
Option requirements: 28.5
Total credit hours required: 97.0-97.5

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



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.

General Education Requirements (27.0-27.5 credit hrs.)


It is important for students in the Human Services program to take both English requirements in the first two quarters of the program.

Social Sciences

Quantitative/Numeracy Skills

Select one of the following courses:

Professionalism and Life Skills

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