Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Human Services is a rapidly growing career area with a broad range of applications. Graduates will be able to work in the fields of social services, substance abuse, physical disabilities and gerontology. Students will function effectively in a variety of therapeutic and rehabilitative activities.
Program Requirements and Special Conditions
Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.
|1st Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3|
|HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services||3|
|SDV 100 College Success Skills||1|
|SOC 200 Principles of Sociology||3|
|2nd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I||3||MTH 120, MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170, BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201. See Note 6.|
|PSY 100 Principles of Applied Psychology||3||PSY 200/PSY 203|
|3rd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|HMS 251 Substance Abuse I||3||HMS 258|
|Humanities Elective||3||See Note 7.|
|Information Technology Elective||3||See Note 14.|
|MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II||3||MEN 198, MEN 225|
|4th Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|Social Science Elective||3||See Note 15.|
|Health/Physical Education Elective||2||See Note 8.|
|MEN 190 Coordinated Practice||3||MEN 290. See Notes 5 and 17.|
|MEN 196 On-Site Training||3||MEN 296. See Notes 5 and 17.|
|Total Credits For Program||66|
Suggested Courses for Fields of Interest (Track):
|General||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|HMS 236||3||HMS 106|
|MEN 121||3||HMS 122|
|PSY 215||3||PSY 230|
|Bereavement Counseling||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|Social Science Elective||3||See Note 15.|
|Criminology||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|Disabilities||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|HMS/ MEN Elective||9|
|Forensics||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|ADJ 228||3||HMS 251|
|HMS 106||3||SOC 246, PSY 116|
|PSY 225||3||SOC 236|
|Gerontology||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|MEN 121||3||MEN 122|
|SOC 246||3||PSY 116|
|SOC 268||3||SOC 215|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the human services sequence courses (HMS 100, MEN 101, and MEN 102) in order to remain in the program.
- Students must complete all developmental coursework before enrolling in HMS 100.
- Students must complete HMS 100 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 101.
- Students must complete MEN 101 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 102.
- MEN 102 must be taken prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and 296. MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. MEN 290 and MEN 296 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. In these courses, students will complete 100 hours of practical hands-on training. Students will secure their own internship sites prior to the start of their MEN 190 and MEN 196 classes or their MEN 290 and MEN 296 classes. All internships must be approved by the Human Services and Mental Health program chair.
- Students should consult with their academic advisor for appropriate mathematics, psychology and general elective courses.
- The humanities elective requirement must be satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceptual or applied with a focus on skills, techniques and procedures. See website (http://www.jtcc.edu/humanitieselectives) for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
- Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (Child or Adult) can use these to fulfill the two credit HLT/PE elective requirement. The original cards must be presented to the faculty advisor.
- Students planning to transfer to four-year programs should choose options and substitutions with the assistance of the program head.
- Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
- Students entering the public or private sectors of human services may be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment.
- Students who are convicted felons or are on the sex offender registry in any state will not be able to secure internship sites. This will prevent them from completing requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates.
- Students planning to pursue bachelor's degrees in criminology should take a course in history.
- Students who have strong computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
- The social science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
- Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – Students should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
- Students who are 18 years of age or younger may not be able to secure an internship. Should students be unable to secure an internship, they will be unable to complete the requirements of the Human Services degree and therefore be unable to graduate.
For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Health Sciences: 804-768-6611 (Chester).
2013-2014 College Catalog