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Human Services (A.A.S.)

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Official Title of Major: Human Services, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 61

Learn more about the Human Services Degree Program

Purpose: To train graduates to work as human services generalists in a variety of entry-level positions in mental health, social work, human services administration, addictions and other human services occupations. Graduates can transfer to the School of Social Work at University of Maryland Baltimore County or can transfer to the University of Baltimore, which offers a bachelor of arts degree in Human Services Administration.

The A.A.S. degree in Human Services is accredited through the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. This accreditation assures that the program meets the required 20 standards. Accreditation allows human services graduates to apply to become a Nationally Certified Human Services Professional through the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). For more information about NOHS and the Certified Human Services Professions visit

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310. 

Range of Occupations

  • Child care worker
  • Counselor aide
  • Geriatrics worker
  • Health department worker
  • Human services worker
  • Juvenile services probation worker
  • Mental health associate
  • Substance abuse counselor  

Additional Program Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to start in the fall term and follow the prescribed program in order to finish in two years. Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all human services and fieldwork courses. They also must perform satisfactorily in the fieldwork area in order to graduate. Three fieldwork courses include 100 clinical (unpaid) hours within each term.

Special Conditions

Statewide Program: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101 /ENG 101A .

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Human Services Program Sequence

Program Requirements

First Year - Term 1

Total credit hours: 15

Total credit hours: 15

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

General education requirement, see General Education Mathematics Requirements . If planning to transfer to the University of Maryland Baltimore County social work program you should take MAT 135 .

Total credit hours: 16-17

Second Year - Term 2

Wellness: 3 credits

General education requirement, see General Education Wellness Requirements  . 

Total credit hours: 15

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1.  Explain the historical development of Human Services.

2.  Apply a diversity lens to address the needs of culturally diverse groups.

3.  Discuss how individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities and societies interact.

4.  Perform the administrative aspects of service delivery.

5.  Assess clients, and design and implement specific, measurable goals.

6.  Evaluate the conditions which promote or limit human functioning in the major human system.

7.  Use basic counseling skills, techniques, and social work practices in order to facilitate client services.

8.  Identify client problems needing advocacy, community resources available to assist clients, and coordinate care through integration of services.

9.  Use appropriate interpersonal skills with clients and team members and demonstrate professional behaviors.

10.  Promote ethical practice by applying human services values and attitudes.

11.  Articulate personal values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations, and self-care practices.

12.  Show evidence of having completed 300 hours of fieldwork with Human Services Department approved fieldwork agencies.

13.  Apply classroom learning to experiences in the field.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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