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Associate of Applied Sciencementalhealth

Human Service Technology
Major: Human Services
Specialization: Mental Health


In addition to the above specialization, specializations in Early Childhood Education and Gerontology are also available.

Length: Two-year Program – Four semesters

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed to prepare students as paraprofessionals in the field of human services. Successful completion of the program will qualify students for entry-level jobs in social services, mental health, mental retardation, child care, nursing homes, substance abuse and correctional facilities. The program will expose students to the characteristics, basic skills and knowledge necessary for human services providers.

Occupational Objective: Preparation for positions as human services workers in the following settings:

Alcohol Treatment Program Nursing Homes
Sheltered Workshop Programs Social Services Departments
Senior Citizens Centers Correctional Institutions
Group Homes and Clubhouses Juvenile Treatment Centers

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements, established for the College (as listed under the general admission), entry into the Associate of Applied Science degree program with a major in mental health will require departmental permission.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
ENG 111*College Composition I303
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services303
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills I303
MEN 101Mental Health Skills I303
PSY 200Principles of Psychology303
SDV 108College Survival Skills101
TOTAL16016
Second Semester
ENG 112*College Composition II303
ITE 115Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts303
MTHMathematics (MTH 151 or 163)303
HMS 122Basic Counseling Skills II303
MEN 102Mental Health Skills II303
SOC 200Principles to Sociology303
TOTAL18018
Third Semester
PSY 231Life Span Human Development I303
HLT 100First Aid & CPR (or PED elective)202
PSYPsychology Elective303
HMSHuman Services Elective303
SOC 268Social Problems303
Elective***Humanities/Fine Arts303
TOTAL17017
Fourth Semester
PSY 232Life Span Human Development II303
MEN 225Counseling Techniques303
PSY 215Abnormal Psychology303
ECO 120Survey of Economics OR303
ECO 201Prin. of Eco. I - Macroeconomics.
HMS 190**Coordinated Internship0103
TOTAL121015

Total Minimum Credits for the Mental Health Major 66

* Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree may substitute ENG 101 for ENG 111.
** Requires approval of the Human Services Advisor
*** Humanities/Fine Arts Electives: Students may choose from the following courses: Philosophy, Religion, Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, and Foreign Languages. Before making a selection, the student is advised to determine the transfer institution’s requirements.

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