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 Number||Course Title||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Course Credits|
|ENG 111*||College Composition I 1||3||0||3|
|HMS 100||Introduction to Human Services||3||0||3|
|HMS 121||Basic Counseling Skills I||3||0||3|
|MEN 101||Mental Health Skills I||3||0||3|
|PSY 200||Principles of Psychology||3||0||3|
|SDV 100||College Success Skills||1||0||1|
|ENG 112*||College Composition II*||3||0||3|
|ITE 115||Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts||3||0||3|
|MTH||Mathematics (MTH 154 or 161) 1||3||0||3|
|HMS 122||Basic Counseling Skills II||3||0||3|
|MEN 102||Mental Health Skills II||3||0||3|
|SOC 200||Principles to Sociology||3||0||3|
|PSY 231||Life Span Human Development I||3||0||3|
|HLT 100||First Aid & CPR (or PED elective)||2||0||2|
|HMS||Human Services Elective***||3||0||3|
|SOC 268||Social Problems||3||0||3|
|PSY 232||Life Span Human Development II||3||0||3|
|MEN 225||Counseling Techniques||3||0||3|
|PSY 215||Abnormal Psychology||3||0||3|
|ECO 120||Survey of Economics OR||3||0||3|
|ECO 201||Prin. of Eco. I - Macroeconomics.|
|HMS 190||Coordinated Internship****||0||10||3|
Total Minimum Credits for the Mental Health Associates ... 66
1Developmental coursework may require additional semesters to complete program.
* Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree may substitute ENG 101-102 for ENG 111-112.
Humanities elective choice is restricted to those marked 2 for those who take ENG 101, 102.
**Psychology Elective: PSY 120, PSY 235.
***Human Services Elective: Any HMS course not included in the curriculum.
****Humanities Electives: ART 101-1022 ; MUS 121-1222 ; ENG 241-242; ENG 243-244; REL 2302 . Determine transfer institution’s requirements prior to selection.
******Requires approval of the Human Services Advisor.