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PART-TIME PATHWAYS (3 to 5 years) are available for most degrees. To qualify to take college-level classes, some students may be required to take college preparation classes first.

Program Snapshot

  • Specific admission criteria required, in person meeting with Program Coordinator
  • HUS101 Intro to Human Services is the only course that can be taken by any student
  • All other HUS courses require acceptance in the program
  • Program accredited every five years by Mass Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
  • Completion of 35 credits qualifies student to sit for state licensing exam to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (Reciprocal Certification available in 47 states)
  • Practicum I and II registration must be accompanied by payment for CORI check-CORI valid 1 calendar year
  • Recovering students must have one full year in recovery to take core HUS Substance Abuse courses: HUS171, HUS172, HUS173, HUS191, and HUS192.
  • Students randomly placed in practicum sites by program faculty-reliable transportation needed
  • Majority of courses daytime in Haverhill, limited evenings in Lawrence, some Saturday courses in Haverhill
  • HUS103-Community Resources and Client Populations requires adequate transportation due to several off-campus visits to human services agencies as a regular part of the course curriculum
  • Learn more about the Peer Recovery Specialist Program

Helpful Hints

  • A grade of C- or better is required for all HUS courses, a grade of C or better is required for the many General Education Courses (PSY 101 and ENG 101) that are required in this certificate
  • Students whose desire it is to complete the Associate Degree and transfer must earn grades of “C” or better in all courses
  • Courses are listed in suggested order to be taken, however Part-Time students may choose to take courses out of order with permission of Program Coordinator
  • Several HUS courses include prerequisites or may be taken concurrently as co-requisites

Milestone Courses

Milestone courses are the most important for success in the program, should be taken in the sequence shown, and may require certain grades or other outcomes for your continued progress toward graduation. They may also cover most, or all the six core skills required for graduation.


You are encouraged to use this pathway checklist with an advisor as a worksheet when planning your progress toward a degree or certificate. This checklist is not your academic transcript and it is not official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements.

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