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Mental Health

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 I 1303
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services303
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills I303
MEN 101Mental Health Skills I303
PSY 200Principles of Psychology303
SDV 100College Success Skills101
TOTAL16016
Second Semester
ENG 112*College Composition II*303
ITE 115Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts303
MTHMathematics (MTH 154 or 161) 1303
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 Elective**303
HMSHuman Services Elective***303
SOC 268Social Problems303
ElectiveHumanities***303
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 190Coordinated Internship****0103
TOTAL121015

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.

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Administration of Justice & Human Services Path

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) (Human Services Specialization)
Program Code: 480-01
Program Length: 2 years – 4 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 66
– Program Degree Completion Plan 

Program Advisor
April Hess
276.964.7209,
Russell Hall Room 134