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Partnership Programs

SUNY Empire Pathways Transfer Program

Outreach Training Institute

SUNY Empire State College has partnered with the Outreach Training Institute to provide its employees and students a pathway to earning an associate, bachelor's or master's degree.

Benefits of this community partnership include:

  • Orientation fee waiver
  • $100 Presidential Scholarship during the first term of matriculated enrollment

Prospective students must provide a valid partnership code at the time of application in order to receive these benefits. The code can be obtained from the designated representative at the partner organization.

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Individuals who complete the CASAC-T training program at OTI are eligible to receive college credit to apply toward an undergraduate degree at SUNY Empire State College. (Students who entered the OTI training program before September 1, 2013 will need to pursue credit via individualized Prior Learning Assessment.)

CASAC-T credits:
CASAC-T credits are available to any undergraduate student who entered a NYS OASAS program on or after September 1, 2013 and earned their CASAC-Trainee credential.

Biology of Addiction 3
Intervention and Treatment Approaches 1
Counseling: Theories and Practice 4
Counseling: Alcohol and Substance Abuse 2
Assessment, Evaluation, and Treatment Planning 3
Education and Prevention Skills 1
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities 2
Total CASAC-T credits 16

Additional OTI credits:
Additional OTI credits are available to any undergraduate student who entered the Outreach Training Institute CASAC-T program on or after September 1, 2013, and successfully completed the training.

Internship 4
Career Preparation 1
Topics in Special Populations 1
Capstone for Substance Abuse Professionals 4
Total OTI credits 10

CASAC credits:
CASAC credits as listed are available to any undergraduate student who entered a NYS OASAS program on or after September 1, 2013 and earned their CASAC credential. Students who do not fall under this time frame but who have earned the full CASAC credential after 1997 may be eligible for up to 32 credits

Practicum in the Twelve Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor 16
Total CASAC credits 16

The SUNY Empire State College Advantage

Since 1971, SUNY Empire State College has provided educational opportunities to working adults with busy schedules. Our dedicated faculty and staff use innovative, alternative and flexible approaches to higher education that transform people and their communities.

Ranked #1 in student satisfaction among SUNY students statewide, SUNY Empire offers the whole package with degree programs that will fit your life. Our rigorous programs connect your unique and diverse interests to your personal learning goals.


SUNY Empire offers a variety of flexible study options to meet the needs of busy adults. Study online, onsite, at residencies, in study groups, or through a blend of these methods. With 35 locations across New York State, a SUNY Empire State location is not far from you. 


Choose among a variety of degree programs - we offer programs for students with varying educational goals and at different stages in their academic careers.


With SUNY tuition, a generous transfer rate, and the option to earn credit for verifiable college-level learning through life and work experience, SUNY Empire State College is the affordable choice. For the most up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and mandatory student fees, please visit the tuition and fees page.


SUNY Empire State College is a part of the highly respected State University of New York system. Founded in 1971, the college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.