2020-2021 Catalog 
  
    Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Human Services Technology (Certificate)


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CIP 51.1599
Degree: Cerificate
Program Code: 469-01
Program Length: 1 year - 2 Semesters plus summer session
Minimum Credits: 43
Distance Learning Option Available

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

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.

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 16
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 16

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 18
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 18

Third Semester


Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 9
  • Lab Hours: 10
  • Course Credits: 9

Total Minimum Credits: 43


* Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree may substitute ENG 101 -ENG 102  for ENG 111 -ENG 112 .

** HMS 190  requires approval of the Human Services advisor.

***Electives:


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