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5550 Human Services: Career Associate

This program prepares students to work as associate human service professionals who are able to provide direct-service delivery to clients in a variety of community-based social service agencies. Human service professionals work directly with clients and are accurate, reliable, responsible, and self-motivated. In addition, they work well under pressure and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. All students interested in this program must take HUMS 100, Introduction to Human Services, as the first course in the curriculum. Prior to enrollment into all other Human Services courses, students must complete a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a State Police Criminal Record Check. If the student has any questions regarding this, he or she should contact the Division Dean. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York campuses.  Some of the required courses are available at the Gettysburg and Lebanon campuses, as well as through Virtual Learning. 

Graduates of the program receive the training and education for positions in a number of social service fields as social and human services assistants.

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Conduct interviews for purposes of gathering information, assessment, and development of service plans
  • Work effectively with clients and their families to plan treatment or service
  • Write effective contact notes, social histories and maintain client files
  • Make referrals and facilitate clients moving through the social service system
  • Recognize the characteristics of racially and culturally diverse populations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and their families
  • Perform case management responsibilities in a variety of settings
  • Discuss the ethics and laws applicable to the human service field
  • Write and speak effectively
  • Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
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Albright College - Accelerated: Human Services into Applied Psych & Organizational Behavior (pdf)
Elizabethtown College Accelerated Program: Human Services into Human Services Behavioral and Addictions Counseling (pdf)
Elizabethtown College Accelerated Program: Human Services into Human Services Generalist (pdf)
Stevenson University: Human Services into Family and Community Services (pdf)
Upper Iowa University Distance Education: Human Services (pdf)
Scholarships Available:
Please check the full Scholarships listing for additional info.
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