Human Services - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (5556)
Do you feel strongly about helping people reach their full potential? Do your friends tend to seek you out for help with their problems? Could you see yourself making a difference in a person’s life? If so, then our Human Services program may be the path for you!
With an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, you will be prepared to enter the field as a human service professional. You may find entry-level employment in a number of social and human service fields, such as:
- Family services
- Mental health
- Support groups for people with intellectual disabilities
- Women’s programs
Often, students with the following skills find themselves drawn to this type of career.
- Strong communication
- Ability to work well with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Organized, reliable and responsible
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Our program prepares you to work as human service professionals, who provide direct-service delivery to clients in a variety of community-based social service agencies. Our curriculum promotes a generalist perspective that ensures you obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to function in most human service settings.
Upon completion of our program you will be able to:
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and their families to plan treatments and/or services
- Perform case management responsibilities in a variety of settings
- Explain the ethics and laws applicable to the human service field
- Recognize the characteristics of culturally diverse populations
Also, prior to enrolling into the HUMS 215 - Field Work Practicum course, you must complete a Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance, an FBI criminal background check and a state police criminal record check.
For the specific requirements and Student Handbook please visit the Health Careers Human Services webpage.
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
- Review our new academic maps (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
Yes! Although our Human Services Program is designed to lead directly to employment, transfer opportunities are available for you to continue your education. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Our various transfer options include:
|Elizabethtown College, Accelerated Programs:||Human Services into Human Services Behavioral and Addictions Counseling (pdf)|
|Elizabethtown College, Accelerated Programs:||Human Services into Human Services (pdf)|
|Penn State Harrisburg:||Human Development & Family Studies (pdf)|
|Saint Francis University - Francis Worldwide:||Human Services (A.A.S.) - Drug & Alcohol (pdf)|
|Saint Francis University - Francis Worldwide:||Human Services (A.A.S.) - General (pdf)|
|Slippery Rock University of PA:||Social Work (pdf)|
We offer the entire program at our Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses. You may also complete this program at our Gettysburg and York campuses provided you take some of your coursework online through virtual learning.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. . Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for more details.
You can apply for our spring, summer and fall classes anytime by visiting our website. When you submit your application, please include the unique program code 5556. By including this code with your application, you can make sure you apply for the correct program.