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Human Services AAT and AAS-T Degrees

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Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
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.

Students receiving a C- or below 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 to screen for prior convictions prior to state certification. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Program Length: This associate degree program can be completed in as few as four quarters, but may take longer depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all prerequisites, electives and general academic classes to meet degree requirements. 

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 37 for pre-algebra, or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the program. Students must have an internship site secured no later than the third day 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
CMST& 220Public Speaking5
HS 110CLComputer Applications for the Human Services Professional3
HS 115Therapeutic Communication Skills5
HS 123HIV/AIDS & Blood Borne Pathogens1
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
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
MAT 103Business Mathematics5
PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology5
 Technical Credits76

Public Speaking

Item #
CMST& 220
Total Credits
5

An Open Course Library class with inexpensive course materials. Assists students in developing real-world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, email, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity.

 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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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 or have successfully completed MAT 060 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 37 or higher or have successfully completed of MAT 060 prior to starting the course. 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/AIDS & Blood Borne Pathogens

Item #
HS 123
Total Credits
1

Increases students’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS and blood-borne pathogens. Students will gain knowledge of the history of HIV/AIDS and related issues. Provides ten hours of HIV/AIDS training in the areas of transmission, occupational safety and standard precautions. 

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 37 or higher or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the course.
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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 37 or higher or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the course.
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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 37 or higher or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the course.
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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 37 or higher or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the course.
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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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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Business Mathematics

Item #
MAT 103
Total Credits
5

Develops elements of algebra applied to percentages, markup and markdown, discounts, payroll, and simple and compound interest. Scientific calculator required. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS algebra score of 62 or college algebra score of 40 or above or successful completion of MAT 088 or MAT 091.
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General Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 100DIV
Total Credits
5

Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Option 1: Human Services Generalist

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements76
HS 230Case Management5
HS 240Survey of Addiction5
HS 246Group Process3
HS 258CAPInternship III5
Human Services Electives8
 Total Credits102

Case Management

Item #
HS 230
Total Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of case management practice. Students will review different models of case management and learn about common case management functions such as outreach, engagement, assessment, planning, accessing resources, coordination and advocacy. 

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following third-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 220, HS 227, HS 221, HS 244.
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Survey of Addiction

Item #
HS 240
Total Credits
5

Focuses on addiction in modern society by surveying prevalent addictions and common co-occurring disorders. Students will gain an overview of causal factors and the consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family and community. A strengths-based perspective will focus on the biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors influencing addiction and recovery.

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following third-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 220, HS 227, HS 221, HS 244.
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Group Process

Item #
HS 246
Total Credits
3

An introduction to the dynamics of group interaction with emphasis on the student’s firsthand experience as a group leader and member. Highlights the factors involved in problems of communication, effective emotional responses and personal growth. Emphasizes group process as a means of changing behavior. This course is designed to assist human services students who will function as group leaders and co-leaders. 

Prerequisites
Students must complete the following third-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 220, HS 227, HS 221, HS 244.
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Internship III

Item #
HS 258CAP
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 II 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 third-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 220, HS 227, HS 221, HS 244.
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Human Services Electives

Total Credits
8
Students pursuing the Human Services Generalist option must complete 8 credits from the courses below. They may also take and biology course or any HSCD course for elective credits.
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Option 2: Human Services Chemical Dependency

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements76
HSCD 135Introduction to Chemical Dependency3
HSCD 140Ethics for Chemical Dependency Professionals2
HSCD 215Case Management & Record-Keeping for the CDP5
HS 258CAPInternship III5
HSCD 155Chemical Dependency & Counseling I: Individuals & Groups5
HSCD 145Physiological Actions of Drug & Alcohol3
HSCD 226Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation2
PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology5
HSCD 249Chemical Dependency & Counseling II: Adolescents & Families5
HSCD 251Relapse Prevention3
HSCD 228Chemical Dependency & the Law2
PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5
 Total Credits121

Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Item #
HSCD 135
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the field of chemical dependency with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the addiction paraprofessional counselor, ethical issues, pharmacology, family dynamics, dual diagnosis, intervention techniques, self-help groups, levels of care, symptom identification, and conducting alcohol/drug histories. Interactive work emphasized. 

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Ethics for Chemical Dependency Professionals

Item #
HSCD 140
Total Credits
2

Focuses on understanding the obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship as well as the importance of supervision and continuing education. 

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Case Management & Record-Keeping for the CDP

Item #
HSCD 215
Total Credits
5

Focuses on the basic case management skills of service coordination, referral practices, community services, ongoing evaluation of treatment progress, client needs, and learning documentation standards and applicable laws. 

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Internship III

Item #
HS 258CAP
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 II 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 third-quarter Human Services courses with a C grade or above to be eligible to take this course: HS 220, HS 227, HS 221, HS 244.
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Chemical Dependency & Counseling I: Individuals & Groups

Item #
HSCD 155
Total Credits
5

Focuses on learning a collaborative process that facilitates the client’s progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives. Students will learn counseling competencies that include sensitivity to the client’s individual characteristics and culture; the role of the counselor; approaches to counseling and addiction disorders; use of warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness, empathy; and the therapeutic use of power and authority. Group dynamics and strategies will also be covered. 

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Physiological Actions of Drug & Alcohol

Item #
HSCD 145
Total Credits
3

Students will learn to identify the physiological effects of psychoactive substances on the user. Management of chronic and acute conditions and drug interactions are covered. 

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Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation

Item #
HSCD 226
Total Credits
2

Students learn how to use screening, evaluation, and assessment techniques. Covers determining a client’s readiness for treatment and change, and determining an appropriate level of care for the client. 

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Abnormal Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 220
Total Credits
5

A study of the development and symptoms of mental health disorders. Topics covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychosomatic disorders, sexual deviation, organic disorders, and the process of adjustment to stress. Attention is given to biosocial, cognitive and cultural factors and their role in mental health. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100 or PSY 112.
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Chemical Dependency & Counseling II: Adolescents & Families

Item #
HSCD 249
Total Credits
5

Familiarizes students with culturally competent models of diagnosis and intervention for families and adolescents, and builds an understanding of the dynamics among family members. 

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Relapse Prevention

Item #
HSCD 251
Total Credits
3

Familiarizes students with the basic philosophy and techniques of relapse prevention for substance abuse and the ongoing process that involves all aspects of the person’s wellness and culture. Learn to recognize the warnings signs for relapse, the 12-step approach to recovery and general wellness concepts. 

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Chemical Dependency & the Law

Item #
HSCD 228
Total Credits
2

Examines the federal and state laws that pertain to chemical dependency for individuals and facilities. Students also become familiar with the criminal, civil and juvenile court systems. 

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Lifespan Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 200
Total Credits
5

Introduces the milestones of human development from conception to death. It describes the physical, cognitive, and social growth of people, with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. Students are expected to integrate their personal experiences, knowledge of psychology, and their observations of human development with the content of this course. Implications for parenting, education, and social policymaking will be discussed so that students may apply course information to meaningful problems. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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