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Human Services AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 4-6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

Prepares students for a variety of entry and mid-level positions within the field of human services, which focuses on helping others gain the skills to help themselves.

Students will participate in both classroom instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local human services provider. Students who intern at these agencies serve a variety of populations, including the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families, persons with substance abuse issues, and numerous other specialty areas.

Students are responsible for choosing and securing their own internship placement and are primarily eligible for employment in the area in which they choose to complete their internship experience. Internship site choice requires instructor approval.

For an AAT or AAS-T degree, students must complete one of the following specialty options: 1) Human Services Generalist or 2) Human Services Chemical Dependency. The Human Services Generalist option can be completed in as little as four quarters, while the Human Services Chemical Dependency option will require a minimum of six quarters, plus pre-reqs and general education courses. Program completion generally takes 1.5-2 years to satisfy all degree requirements.

Students receiving a C- or below in Human Services classes must repeat the class in order to satisfy the Human Services program requirements for graduation.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.

The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Employability Requirements: A background check will be conducted in the first quarter of the program to screen for prior convictions prior to internship placement, for advising purposes.  If pursuing the CD certificate, students will apply directly to the Department of Health for state certification. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment at the discretion of the individual employer.

Program Length: The human services core classes take four to six quarters to complete, depending on the degree option.  The length for the completion of the associate degree may vary depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all prerequisites, electives and general academic classes to meet degree requirements, and may vary between one and two years.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the instructors prior to being admitted. Students must be high school graduates or have passed a high school equivalency test. Students must have a minimum COMPASS score of 81 for reading and 77 for writing, or have successfully completion of ENG 094. Students must also have a minimum COMPASS score of 30 for pre-algebra, or be eligible for MAT 82 or higher, prior to starting the program.

*Students must have an internship site secured no later than the end of the first week of the quarter for the Internship I, II and III courses. Students are advised that a “No Record on File” report related to “Crimes Against Persons” is generally required by agencies offering internship or employment. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students who do not meet the internship site requirement will be dropped from the course.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HS 110CLComputer Applications for the Human Services Professional3
HS 115Therapeutic Communication Skills5
HS 125HIV, Blood-born Pathogens, Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent1
HS 127Introduction to Human Services5
HS 151Internship I5
HS 220Theories of Counseling5
HS 221Family Systems3
HS 225Survey of Community Resources3
HS 226Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation5
HS 227Behavioral Health & Wellness5
HS 228Dynamics of Violence3
HS 234DIVCulturally Competent Practice5
HS 237Law & Ethics for Human Services3
HS 244Internship II5
Human Services Program Requirement Options26-50
 Technical Credits82-106

Computer Applications for the Human Services Professional

Item #
HS 110CL
Total Credits
3

Introduce students to the uses of Microsoft Windows and related programs. Students will become familiar with community resources for career and educational opportunities and will develop proficiency in the use of technology.

Prerequisites
Students must be a high school graduate or have passed a high school equivalency test and have COMPASS scores of 81 for reading and 77 for writing or successful completion of ENG 094. Students must have a COMPASS pre-algebra score of 37 or higher prior to starting the course.
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Therapeutic Communication Skills

Item #
HS 115
Total Credits
5

Acquaints students with the basic methods of therapeutic communication. Emphasis is placed on building basic active listening skills. Students will demonstrate mastery of theory through classroom activities, including mock interviews and videotaping.

Prerequisites
Students must be high school graduates or have passed a high school equivalency test and have COMPASS scores of 81 for reading or 77 for writing, or have successfully completed ENG 094. Students must have a COMPASS pre-algebra score of 30 or higher or be eligible to take MAT 82 or higher prior to starting the program. Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol.
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HIV, Blood-born Pathogens, Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent

Item #
HS 125
Total Credits
1

Material will increase student’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS & blood borne pathogens. Students will gain knowledge of the history of HIV/AIDS and related issues. The curriculum provides training in the areas of transmission, occupational safety, and standard precautions for the human services professional.  Students will utilize the proper screening tools employed by chemical dependency and health agencies in the screening and intake process for higher-risk clientele and the chemically dependent.

Prerequisites
Completion of a terminal degree (A.A., B.A., M.S., etc.), OR student is entering their fourth quarter of the Human Services Associate’s degree program.
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Introduction to Human Services

Item #
HS 127
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to human services as a profession and includes a historical and philosophical framework of human service delivery. Contemporary roles and the human service worker will be covered, including areas such as typical duties and tasks of human service workers, income, maintenance, children’s services, family services, aging, substance abuse, mental health, services for persons with disabilities, and the sociocultural aspects of providing services in a multiculturally diverse society. Students will also examine the competencies and qualifications required to become an effective human services worker, as well as the occupational and educational alternatives for graduates.

Prerequisites
Students must be high school graduates or have passed a high-school equivalency test and have COMPASS scores of 81 for reading and 77 for writing or have successfully completed ENG 094. Students must have a COMPASS pre-algebra score of 30 or higher or be eligible to take MAT 82 or higher prior to starting the program.
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Internship I

Item #
HS 151
Total Credits
5

Students will participate in on-the-job training in the human services field of their choice. Duties and tasks are supervised. Students will perform relevant job duties and tasks within an agency of their choice, attend supervision meetings, identify applicable community resources, and perform other job duties as assigned. Instructor permission is required for site choice.

Prerequisites
Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons in order to be accepted at many clinical sites. Students must complete the following first-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 237, HS 127, HS 123, HS 115, HS 225, HS 110.
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Theories of Counseling

Item #
HS 220
Total Credits
5

Increases student knowledge of a variety of counseling theories, theorists and techniques from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint. Students will explore the practical application and appropriate uses of these theories in the human services system.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following second-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 226, HS 234, HS 228, HS 151.
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Family Systems

Item #
HS 221
Total Credits
3

Explores the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy family systems in both traditional and alternative families. Students will study a variety of approaches to assist families in managing and coping with the stressors of family life in contemporary society. Introduces family intervention strategies and the development of human service skills to service families.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following second-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 226, HS 234, HS 228, HS 151.
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Survey of Community Resources

Item #
HS 225
Total Credits
3

Introduces students to a variety of community-based human service agencies through examination of their services, functions and service populations. The class will participate in field visits, guest lectures and exercises designed to assist them in understanding the relevance of each service component to the whole community, regional and state system.

Prerequisites
Students must be a high school graduate or have passed a high-school equivalency test and have COMPASS scores of 81 for reading and 77 for writing or have successfully completed ENG 094. Students must have a COMPASS pre-algebra score of 30 or higher or be eligible to take MAT 82 or higher prior to starting the program.
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Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation

Item #
HS 226
Total Credits
5

Explores current perspectives of mental health in the helping professions by focusing on the identification, definition, diagnostic criteria, and assessment and evaluation of psychological disorders. Emphasizes the continuum between normal and abnormal behavior by examining biological, psychological and socio-cultural causal factors as they relate to adults and children.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following first-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 237, HS 127, HS 123, HS 115, HS 225, HS 110.
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Behavioral Health & Wellness

Item #
HS 227
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to the dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, social, and spiritual components. Students explore strategies for personal behavioral health and wellness, including coping strategies, personal boundaries, self-awareness and how to avoid burnout on the job.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following second-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 226, HS 234, HS 228, HS 151.
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Dynamics of Violence

Item #
HS 228
Total Credits
3

Presents an overview of the dynamics of violence in relationship to both the perpetrator and the victim. Areas of emphasis include child neglect, child sexual and physical abuse, missing and exploited children and adolescents, domestic violence, the cycle of violence, elder abuse, and violence’s impact on the family system. Strategies for treatment and community intervention are explored.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following first-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 237, HS 127, HS 123, HS 115, HS 225, HS 110.
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Culturally Competent Practice

Item #
HS 234DIV
Total Credits
5

Provides students with an awareness of the historical, cultural, socio-economic, biological and psychosocial influences that define diversity. Examines culturally competent standards that influence best practice standards for human service workers.

Students will explore culture, guidelines for culturally sensitive practices, the impact of inequality on a variety of service populations, racism, prejudice, and inclusion strategies.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following first-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 237, HS 127, HS 123, HS 115, HS 225, HS 110.
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Law & Ethics for Human Services

Item #
HS 237
Total Credits
3

Presents an overview of the ethical and professional issues that human services workers face in the field. Includes ethical decision-making, professional responsibilities, liability, confidentiality, records and rights of clients, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues, supervision, leadership, and the legal system.

Prerequisites
Students must be high school graduates or have passed a high-school equivalency test and have COMPASS scores of 81 for reading and 77 for writing or have successfully completed ENG 094. Students must have a COMPASS pre-algebra score of 30 or higher or be eligible to take MAT 82 or higher prior to starting the program.
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Internship II

Item #
HS 244
Total Credits
5

Students will participate in on-the-job training in the human services field of their choice. Duties and tasks are supervised.

Students perform relevant job duties and tasks within their agency of choice, attend supervision meetings, identify applicable community resources, and perform other job duties as assigned. Instructor permission is required for site choice. Successful completion of Internship I is required.

Prerequisites
Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons in order to be accepted at many clinical sites. Students must complete the following second-quarter Human Services Program courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 226, HS 234, HS 228, HS 151.
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Human Services Program Requirement Options

Total Credits
26-50
In addition to the core classes listed above, students in the Human Services program are required to complete one of the specialty options listed below.
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Human Services AAT General Education Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements82-106
Human Services AAT General Education Requirements23
 Total Credits105-129

Human Services AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
23
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Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements82-106
Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements28
 Total Credits110-134

Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements

Total Credits
28
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