Human Services Technology
Program code: 469-01
Length: One-year Program – Two semesters plus summer session
Purpose: There is a growing need for entry-level human services workers as aides, attendants, instructors, and paraprofessionals. This certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for potential employment in settings where social welfare, health, mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation, and residential services are provided. The program will expose students to the structure, purpose, philosophy, and services of these programs, and survey the basic skills and characteristics necessary for human service providers. Awareness of professional careers in these fields will be gained.
Occupational Objective: Preparation for positions as human services technicians in the following settings:
|Licensed home for adults||Alcohol treatment programs|
|Residential treatment prog.||Sheltered workshop programs|
|Group homes||Senior citizen programs|
|Rehabilitation programs||Social service programs|
|Psychiatric treatment facilities|
Admission Requirements: In addition to requirements for general admission to the College, a personal interview with the program head is recommended.
Program Requirements: Students take various general education courses in addition to Human Services specialty courses. Many of these courses are transferable to two-year and four-year programs. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for a field placement in which students work (on volunteer basis) in the specialty area of their choice. Individuals currently employed in Human Services or related agencies may find it more convenient to take courses on a part-time basis.
|Course Number||Course Title||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Course Credits|
|HMS 100||Introduction to Human Services||3||0||3|
|HMS 121||Basic Counseling Skills I||3||0||3|
|ENG 111*||College Composition I||3||0||3|
|SDV 108||College Survival Skills||1||0||1
|PSY 200||Principles of Psychology||3||0||3|
|ITE 115||Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts||3||0||3|
|PSY 215||Abnormal Psychology||3||0||3|
|MEN 101||Mental Health Skills I||3||0||3|
|ENG 112*||College Composition II||3||0||3|
|HMS 122||Basic Counseling Skills II||3||0||3|
|Third Semester (Summer)|
|MEN 102||Mental Health Skills II||3||0||3|
|HMS 190**||Coordinated Internship in Human Services||3||10||3|
Total Minimum Credits for Human Services Technology Certificate 43
* Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree may substitute ENG 101-102 for ENG 111-112.
** HMS 190 requires approval of the Human Services advisor.
PSY 166 Psychology of Marriage
SOC 200 Principles to Sociology
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family
SOC 236 Criminology
SOC 268 Social Problems
PSY 108 Psychology of Aging