Human Services

Program Mission

The Human Services - Program's mission is to prepare individuals for employment as human services workers and to support those who wish to transfer to baccalaureate human services and social work programs.

Program Description

The Human Services Program is designed for people interested in working as Human Service workers in diverse settings such as group homes, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies; and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Field experience, or practicum, is an important feature of this program in which students have supervised work experiences in a community setting.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Certificate of Competence (CO)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Textbooks approximately $300 - $500 per semester for education courses. Students may also expect to spend from $50 - $75 per semester for additional course materials.

Program Requirements

  • Average of 2.0 GPA or better required.

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

  • Work in the field of human services to serve clients or carry out other supportive human service agency functions.
  • Obtain information and guidance to transfer to a baccalaureate human services or social work program if desired.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply concepts from human development research and best practices in the field to work effectively with individuals and their families.


  • Read textbooks and handouts.
  • Do research using library and Internet resources.
  • Identify and define problems.
  • Discuss issues and challenges in the field.
  • Analyze case studies.
  • Explain connections between causes and effects.
  • Suggest possible solutions to problems.
  • Create and implement developmentally appropriate service plans.
  • Select appropriate counseling and guidance techniques.
  • Evaluate services and plans for needed improvements.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Make independent observations and assessments of individuals and their environments in order to make proper referrals.


  • Observe and evaluate appearance and behavior of individuals in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Assess environment for health and safety.
  • Perceive verbal and nonverbal cues and respond appropriately.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical condition and mobility to perform practicum responsibilities.


  • Travel to conduct on-site visits, interviews, or group discussions.
  • Maintain regular attendance to meet practicum requirements.
  • Meet physical requirements which vary by practicum site.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Participate in group discussions.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Compose referrals or instructions.
  • Plan and conduct interviews.
  • Write essays and reports.
  • Do presentations.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a social services environment.


  • Demonstrate maturity and sensitivity in dealing with people of all ages.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal skills.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a typical classroom environment


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Dust and odors, Residue from cleaning products