Human Services

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Purpose

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.

Program Curriculum

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  
Track Courses 6  
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Mathematics/Science Elective 3  
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
Track Courses 6  
Total Credits 15  
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
Track Courses 6  
Total Credits 18  
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.
Track Courses 6  
Total Credits 17  
Total Credits For Program 66  

Suggested Courses for Fields of Interest (Track):

General Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 3  
HMS 236 3 HMS 106
MEN 121 3 HMS 122
PSY 215 3 PSY 230
SOC 211 3  
HMS/MEN Electives 6  
General Electives 3  
Total 24  
Bereavement Counseling Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 3  
SOC 246 3  
HMS 106 3  
Social Science Elective 3 See Note 15.
SOC 211 3  
HMS/MEN Electives 3  
General Electives 6  
Total 24  
Criminology Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 100 3  
ADJ 105 3  
ADJ 107 3  
ADJ 211 3  
ADJ 212 3  
SOC 268 3  
General Elective 6  
Total 24  
Disabilities Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 106 3  
MEN 121 3  
MEN 122 3  
SOC 268 3  
HMS/ MEN Elective 9  
General Electives 3  
Total 24  
Forensics Credits Standard Course Options
ADJ 107 3  
ADJ 138 3  
ADJ 186 3  
ADJ 228 3 HMS 251
ADJ 247 3  
HMS 106 3 SOC 246, PSY 116
PSY 225 3 SOC 236
General Elective 3  
Total 24  
Gerontology Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 106 3  
HMS 236 3  
MEN 121 3 MEN 122
SOC 246 3 PSY 116
SOC 268 3 SOC 215
General Elective 9  
Total 24  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. 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.
  2. Students must complete all developmental coursework before enrolling in HMS 100.
  3. Students must complete HMS 100 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 101.
  4. Students must complete MEN 101 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 102.
  5. 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.
  6. Students should consult with their academic advisor for appropriate mathematics, psychology and general elective courses.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Students planning to transfer to four-year programs should choose options and substitutions with the assistance of the program head.
  10. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Students planning to pursue bachelor's degrees in criminology should take a course in history.
  14. Students who have strong computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  15. The social science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
  16. 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.
  17. 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

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