Addictions Counseling
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Contact: Dr. Bruce Thompson, Department Chair • • 301.846.2535 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Dr. Bruce Thompson, Department Chair
301.846.2535

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Addictions Counseling Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences Due to the newly approved Addictions Counseling A.A.S. degree, the Addictions Counseling AOC within the A.A. degree in Social Sciences will be discontinued. No new students will be admitted to the AOC program. Students will now select the A.A.S. degree when choosing a major for 2019-2020. **Current students in the 2018-2019 catalog year and prior have the option to complete the AOC within the 5 year teach-out period or to change their major to the AAS degree in the 2019-2020 catalog year.

Due to the newly approved Addictions Counseling A.A.S. degree, the Addictions Counseling AOC within the A.A. degree in Social Sciences will be discontinued. No new students will be admitted to the AOC program. Students will now select the A.A.S. degree when choosing a major for 2019-2020.

The Addictions Counseling Area of Concentration  within the A.A. in Social Sciences program prepares students who are seeking specific knowledge in substance abuse counseling to work with clients in a broad range of treatment settings. Basic counseling and interviewing skills, assessment and diagnosis of substance use and other mental disorders, treatment delivery, ethical practice, and field experience are emphasized.

The Addictions Counseling program requires two 3-credit internship courses (a total of 270 clock hours). It is recommended students take the internship courses over two semesters. Students must contact the Human Services program manager to begin the internship application process

Students who are interested in certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the State of Maryland should consult the Board of Professional Counselors website for specifics on the certification process. 
See Maryland licensure requirements.

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in an addictions counseling career. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with addictions counseling faculty.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.
*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Learning Outcomes:  
  • Describe the origins of social work and the other human service professions and discuss the current issues in the field through journal writing.
  • Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical research to understand individual behavior across the life span and apply in case examples.
  • Identify and evaluate the major theories and techniques of social and clinical intervention applied in case examples.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic helping skills by conducting a series of videotapes helping interviews.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to professional human service practices.

 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Addictions Counseling Associate of Applied Science Prepares students who are seeking specific knowledge in substance abuse counseling to work with clients in a broad range of treatment settings. Basic counseling and interviewing skills, assessment and diagnosis of substance use and other mental disorders, treatment delivery, ethical practice, and field experience are emphasized.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core HUMS 102 - Human Relations   3 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 - General Psychology   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list) (MATH 120 - Statistics recommended)   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement HUMS 103 - Introduction to Social Work & the Human Services   4 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Departmental Requirement HUMS 203 - Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement PSYC 206 - Abnormal Psychology   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list) COMM 103 - Public Speaking or COMM 105 - Small Group Communication recommended   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core SOCY 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement EDPS 210 - Human Growth & Development   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement HUMS 205 - Fundamentals of Addictions   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement PSYC 104 - Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement HUMS 204 - Ethics and Practice Issues in the Human Services & Addictions Counseling   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement HUMS 207 - Theory and Practice of Group Counseling   3 Credits
15 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 - Internship   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list) (BSCI 117 - Human Biology recommended)   4 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement HUMS 206 - Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs   3 Credits
18 PHED/HLTH Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement SOCY 102 - Social Problems   3 Credits
20 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 - Internship   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/

In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.

For the Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement, a 3-credit PHED, HLTH, or NUTR course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101.

Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.


2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation



*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Addictions Counseling Certificate The Addictions Counseling certificate program prepares those who are seeking a new career in the field of addictions and those who wish to advance in their present career by adding professional education in addictions to their credentials.

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in an addictions counseling career. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with addictions counseling faculty.
 

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Departmental Requirement PSYC 101 - General Psychology   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement PSYC 104 - Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement EDPS 210 - Human Growth & Development   3 Credits
4 ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

5 Departmental Requirement HUMS 203 - Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement HUMS 205 - Fundamentals of Addictions   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement HUMS 206 - Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs   3 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 - Internship*   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

9 Departmental Requirement PSYC 206 - Abnormal Psychology   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement HUMS 204 - Ethics & Practice Issues in the Human Services and Addictions Counseling   3 Credits
11 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 - Internship*   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students are required to complete two 3-credit Internship courses.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation


*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the origins of social work and the other human service professions and discuss the current issues in the field through journal writing.
  • Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical research to understand individual behavior across the life span and apply in case examples.
  • Identify and evaluate the major theories and techniques of social and clinical intervention applied in case examples.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic helping skills by conducting a series of videotapes helping interviews.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to professional human service practices.


Gainful Employment - Addictions Counseling
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.


Addictions Professional Requirements

* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.
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