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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 60

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 into various social work and/or human services Bachelor degree programs. To view articulation agreements go to the Transfer Partners webpage.

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 www.nationalhumanservices.org.

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. Two fieldwork courses include 125 clinical (unpaid) hours within each term.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: 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

See 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: 15-16

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

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate basic counseling and case management skills and techniques in order to facilitate client services.

a. Client Intervention and Strategies (Standard 16)

b. Interpersonal Skills (Standard 17)

2. Design a plan to assess clients, design and implement specific and measurable goals.

a. Program Evaluation and Planning (Standard 15)

3. Describe the administrative aspects of service delivery.

a. Human Services Delivery (Standard 13)

b. Client Intervention and Strategies (Standard 16)

4. Develop interpersonal skills with clients and team members and demonstrate professional behaviors.

a. Interpersonal Skills (Standard 17)

b. Client Related Values and Attitudes (Standard 18)

c. Self-Development (Standard 19)

5. Examine how their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations and self-care practices impact their role as a human services professional.

a. Interpersonal Skills (Standard 17)

b. Client Related Values and Attitudes (Standard 18)

c. Self-Development (Standard 19)

6. Analyze the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment process 

a. Client Intervention and Strategies (Standard 16)

7. Student will identify community resources.

a. Client Intervention and Strategies (Standard 16)

8. Students will demonstrate effective group facilitation skills.

a. Human Systems (Standards 12)

b. Client Intervention and Strategies (Standard 16)

9. Examine diverse cultures, and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.

a. Interpersonal Skills (Standard 17)

b. Client Related Values and Attitudes (Standard 18)

10. Summarize the field of human services and addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to legal, ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.

a. Interpersonal Skills (Standard 17)

b. Client Related Values and Attitudes (Standard 18)

11. Identify and explain historical development of Human Services.

a. History (Standard 11)

12. Assess the conditions which promote or limit human functioning within the human system.

a. Human Systems (Standard 12)

b. Human Services Delivery (Standard 13)

c. Program Planning and Evaluation (Standard 15)

13. Complete required fieldwork with the Human Services Department and apply meaningful connections between classroom learning and experiences in field.

a. Field Experience (Standard 20)

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

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