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Human Services Technology

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
  • Social service programs
  • Rehabilitation 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 NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services303
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills I303
ENG 111*College Composition I303
SDV 100College Success Skills101
PSY 200Principles of Psychology303
MEN 101Mental Health Skills I303
Second Semester
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts303
PSY 215Abnormal Psychology303
ENG 112*College Composition II303
HMS 122Basic Counseling Skills II303
MEN 102Mental Health Skills II303
MEN 225Counseling Therapy303
Third Semester (Summer)
HMS 190**Coordinated Internship in Human Services3103
Elective***Social Sciences303
PSY 120Human Relations303

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

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Administration of Justice & Human Services Path

Degree: Cerificate
Program Code: 469-01
Program Length: 1 year – 2 Semesters plus summer session
Minimum Credits: 43

– Program Degree Completion Plan 

Program Advisors
Dr John Brenner, 276.964.7226, Russell Hall Room 135
April Hess, 276.964.7209, Russell Hall Room 134