Human Services/Social Services
Learn about the Human Services and Social Services programs -Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York Campuses.
What is a human/social service professional?
Human service professionals
- provide direct-service delivery to clients in a variety of community-based social service agencies
- work directly with clients and are accurate, reliable, responsible, and self-motivated
- work well under pressure
- possess excellent written and oral communication skills
How do I enroll in the program?
This program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to clinical component (practicum) of the program.
- All students who are entering HUMS 215 must undergo a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Check, and State Police Criminal Record Check, at the student’s expense, the semester prior to starting the Field Work Practicum class.
- If a student has committed certain crimes, that student may require special permission from a practicum site for placement and will be required to meet with the Human Services/Social Services Director of Field Placement.
- HACC will make every effort to allow students to complete their program of study in the Human Services/Social Services fields but cannot require facilities to accept student for practicum.
Download the following for additional information:
- Human Services Student Handbook, 11th edition, 8/25/14 (pdf) Contains Standards of Professional Attitudes & Behaviors (see p.26)
- HUMS 215 Field Work Practicum Handbook, 12th Edition, 2014 (pdf)
- Human Services Admission Criteria (pdf) 2/4/15
- Human Services/Social Services Clearance Procedure (pdf)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Forms (CY-113)
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Request Form (SP-164)
- FBI check - Cogent Systems
- KeepKidsSafe.PA.gov (information hub for child protection)
Act 14 Prohibitive Offenses from PDE website (rev 1/13)
- Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals (NOHS)
What are the goals and lengths of HACC's Human Services programs?
- The Social Services AA degree is 62 credits. It prepares students to transfer to 4 year colleges for pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree. Students can work in social service agencies in entry level positions.
- The Human Services AA degree is 62 credits. It prepares students to work in entry level positions in human service agencies. However, it does not require specific courses needed to transfer to a 4-year institution. Effective Fall 2015, an optional 65-credit Drug & Alcohol Track has been added.
The Certificate in Human Services
is 31 credits. Students can complete it in two semesters. It prepares
students for entry level positions with little opportunity to advance.
The certificate can transfer into the Social Services or Human Services
What are the required courses?
Download the appropriate list for your program:
- Required Courses Social Services, Associate in Art (Transfer) (pdf)
- Required Courses Human Services, Associate in Arts (pdf)
- Required courses effective Fall 2015 (includes new Drug & Alcohol Track) (pdf)
- Required Courses Human Services, Certificate Program (pdf)
What are the estimated expenses?
Download Estimated Expenses for HUMS programs (pdf, rev 5/2014).