Human Services Information Session


Welcome to this virtual information session for the Human Services program here at Tacoma Community College. This information session is your first step in beginning the program.

Before you do any advising with a Human Services advisor, you must complete this virtual information session.

To complete this virtual information session you must go through this document in its entirety. At the bottom of EACH PAGE you will have a short quiz. There are a total of 6 questions and you must answer all of them. At the end of each question click "Check Answers", and then go back to see the answers.

Once you have answered the quiz questions with 80% accuracy, you will be prompted to submit your name and score on the last page of this information session.
Okay - you are ready to begin the session - click Next to move to the next page.



The Human Services Profession

Nature of the Work

"Human services worker" is a generic term for people who hold professional and paraprofessional jobs in such diverse settings as group homes and halfway houses; correctional, mental retardation, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Depending on the employment setting and the kinds of clients served there, job titles and duties vary a great deal. 

The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. Social and human service assistants also give emotional support and help clients become involved in community recreation programs and other activities.

A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. 

Job Settings

Working conditions of social and human service assistants vary. Some work in offices, clinics, and hospitals, while others work in group homes, shelters, sheltered workshops, and day programs. Traveling to see clients is also required for some jobs. Sometimes working with clients can be dangerous even though most agencies do everything they can to ensure their workers' safety. Most assistants work 40 hours a week; some work in the evening and on weekends.


Social and human service assistants held about 339,000 jobs in 2006. Over 60 percent were employed in the health care and social assistance industries. Nearly 3 in 10 were employed by State and local governments, primarily in public welfare agencies and facilities for mentally disabled and developmentally challenged individuals.

Job Outlook*

Employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for social and human service assistants are expected to be excellent, particularly for individuals with appropriate education after high school. Job openings will come from job growth, but also from the need to replace workers, who advance into new positions, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons. There will be more competition for jobs in urban areas than in rural ones, but qualified applicants should have little difficulty finding employment.


In Washington, the average entry level wage for social and human service assistants is $10.42 per hour ($1,806 per month). Half of all social and human service assistants earn between $11.08 and $16.63 per hour ($1,920 and $2,882 per month).

Nationally, the median wage for social and human service assistants is $2,274 per month ($13.12 per hour). Half of all social and human service assistants earn between $1,821 and $2,882 per month ($10.51 and $16.63 per hour).

Wages vary by the assistant's level of responsibility and training. Those who have experience generally earn more than those who are new to the occupation. In addition, wages vary by employer and area of the country.

Social and human service assistants who work for state and local government agencies usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and a retirement plan. Many employers give benefits only to full-time employees. Some employers may not offer benefits.

Note: Wages for Washington State have been adjusted to reflect projections for 2009. National wage figures are based on 2008 data and have not been adjusted.

*Wage and Job Outlook Information for the local area were provided by WOIS/The Career Information System ( Data Retrieved July 2010.

For more information please reference the United States Department of Labor at

Getting a Job

The Human Services Professional Program is not in a position to provide you with placement in human services jobs.   We sometimes receive notification of agency openings, which we post on the bulletin board, but we do not actively recruit jobs for you. 

So how do you go about getting a job in the field?   We don't know of any hard and fast rules, but here are some pointers:

  1. Some of our students have chosen clinical practicums in agencies where they wanted to work (or agencies that provide services in the student's chosen specialty) and have been hired after doing an excellent job.
  2. Some of our students have doggedly volunteered at a place where they'd like to work, have proven themselves, and have eventually been hired.
  3. Some of our students have been hired because of their skills, their personal presence, and their ability to interview well.
  4. Some of our students have simply kept in close contact with each other and have acted as each other's best advocates in jobs that open up.

One thing is certain: training does not ensure employability - it only makes it possible.   You need to be able to present yourself well, to produce high quality work, and to fulfill all job requirements - and to do it all better than the other applicants!


We have provided you with information on the profession so that you can make an educated decision about joining the Human Services program at TCC. If you are interested in finding out more please click "Next".

General Overview of the Human Services Program

The Human Services Professional program is a competancy-based program preparing students for work as practitioners in social services, health and addiction agencies. The program offers three options for completion:

The program's core courses and PSYC& 100 currently meet the educational competancies for Chemical Dependency Trainee for the state of Washington.

The Program's Mission

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree and the certificate in Human Services, students should be able to:


Please click "Next" for further information regarding the curriculum and degree/certificate options.

Academic Guidelines

Academic (GPA) Requirements for Obtaining a Degree at TCC

When you have completed the 92 required credits listed as degree requirements for Human Services, you will be granted a technical arts degree (Associate in Applied Sciences in Human Services).   The college additionally requires that you have at least a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 overall and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in course work taken at Tacoma Community College . 


 What happens if you fall below a 2.00 GPA? It depends!

 1.   If you fall below a 2.00 GPA in any given quarter , you will be sent an academic deficiency notice, but that's as far as it goes.   (However, it would be wise to consult with yourself, and anyone else who might be helpful, regarding the reasons for the low grades and remedies that will remove the problem in the following quarter.) 

2.   If you fall below a 2.00 GPA for 2 quarters in succession, you will be placed on academic probation and will be required to set up a program (after consulting with program coordinator) which will help you and improve your academic standing.   (This is, indeed, deeper water.   The college considers this serious and you had better, too, because the next step is...) 

3.   If you fall below a 2.00 GPA for 3 quarters in succession, you will be under academic suspension , and this is trouble you probably don't want.   It means you will not be allowed to enroll for the following quarter (Summer is included under Fall quarter, so if you are suspended following Spring quarter, you can't apply for re-enrollment until Winter quarter).   To be readmitted, you will have to petition the Academic Review Committee (see the TCC Catalog for official procedures). 

4.   If, after you've been readmitted, you should again fall below a 2.00 GPA (which, in essence, means 4 quarters of coursework in a row below 2.00), you will be suspended from the college for 3 consecutive quarters and dismissed from the Human Services Program either temporarily or permanently (see the Disciplinary Action section of this handbook).   Obviously, this is no way to earn a degree quickly and it also points to some continuing problems that need to be addressed.   At this point you may say to yourself, "Perhaps I need some outside help with this, because I'm not getting so far on my own!"   The college is equipped, through the counseling center, to help you, and we encourage you to make good use of its resources. 

Academic Review Policies and Procedures

Human Services students are required to adhere to the Human Services Code of Ethics, the Tacoma Community College Student Rights and Responsibilities Code (Ch. 132V-120 WAC) and the Tacoma Community College Academic Review Policy.   If college codes have been violated, the student will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for action by the college.   For the action likely to be taken by the college, please refer to the TCC catalog.   The Human Services academic action process is listed below. 

Failure to adhere to the Human Services Code of Ethics or to the academic standards of the program may result in one of the following academic actions: warning, probation or dismissal.


Academic warnings will be given in the following circumstances: 

  1. Earning a GPA below 2.0 in any given quarter. This warning is issued by the college, not the Human Services Program. 
  2. Receiving a "D" in any course required for the Human Services AAS degree or one-year certificate. This will result in a written warning from your Program Advisor. This course must be repeated! 
  3. Receiving two incompletes in any given quarter. This will result in a written warning from your Program Advisor. 

Warnings will be issued by the Program Coordinator for minor violations of the Code of Ethics. Examples of such violations include:

  1. Use of inappropriate language. 
  2. Complaints from clinical practicum settings. 
  3. Habitually coming late to class or poor attendance at class. 


Probation will be used as a tool to monitor and evaluate serious academic problems and infractions of the Code of Ethics.   Probation may last from one to three quarters.   Students placed upon probation must accomplish certain objectives agreed upon by the student and the program coordinator within a specified time frame.   These objectives will be specified in a contract signed by the student, his/her advisor, and the program coordinator.   Failure to complete the objectives of the probation will lead to review by the Academic Review Committee of the Human Services Program. 


Probation will occur under the following circumstances: 

  1. Earning a GPA below 2.0 for two quarters in succession.This probation is issued by the college.   
  2. The Human Services Professional Program follows the college procedure for this probation as listed in the TCC catalog. 
  3. Accumulating four incompletes. This probation is issued by the program coordinator. A contract for removing probationary status will be negotiated between the student and his/her advisor and approved by the program coordinator. 

Probation will occur for violations of the Code of Ethics. Examples of such violations likely to lead to probation include: 

  1. Failure to maintain confidentiality. 
  2. Plagiarism or cheating. 
  3. Substance abuse.

 Probation will occur if the student fails to correct the conditions giving rise to warnings as described under the heading WARNINGS


Dismissal from the Human Services Program may be on a temporary or permanent basis as determined by the Human Services Academic Review Committee. 


Dismissal will occur under the following circumstances: 

  1. Failing to pass a required Human Services course with a grade of "C" or better in two attempts. 
  2. Failing to maintain a GPA of greater than 2.0 following probation. 
  3. Failing to register for classes at the college two quarters in succession, excluding Summer quarter. This results in automatic dismissal from the program. Students wishing to reenter must apply for admission to the program. 

 Dismissal will occur for violations of the Code of Ethics.   Examples of such violations include:

1.   Excessive absences. 

2.   Being dismissed from a clinical site for unethical conduct. 

3.   Consistent pattern of substance abuse.  


Withdrawing from the Program

We will consider you to have withdrawn from the program if you do not attend for two quarters in succession. But not to worry, if you wish to return to Human Services classes you will just need to be readmitted into the program.The reasoning behind this policy is very simple: we must report attendance and graduation statistics to the State of Washington.

If you are suspended from the college for three consecutive quarters because of a GPA that has fallen below 2.0 for your last four quarters, you will fall under the same ruling as a student who has not attended for two successive quarters.   You will then need to be readmitted to the program in addition to petitioning the Academic Review Committee for reenrollment in classes.

Graduation Requirements

When you have completed all the coursework required for the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Human Services and wish to graduate, or you have completed all the coursework required for the one-year program and wish to receive a copy of the certificate, you need to do the following.

  1. Pick up an application for graduation at the Registration Office in Bldg 7. 
  2. Check with your advisor to make certain you have, in fact, completed all requirements. 
  3. Fill out the application, have it signed by the program coordinator, and RETURN IT TO THE CASHIER NO LATER THAN THE SECOND WEEK OF THE QUARTER IN WHICH YOU INTEND TO GRADUATE. You will be asked to pay a processing fee of $10.50 for each degree you earn.

Your application will then be evaluated and at the end of the quarter in which you have applied, your diploma will be sent to you.  

Graduation (commencement) ceremonies are held only once a year following the end of Spring quarter.  

Transferring to Four-Year Colleges

Some of you have further education in mind when you begin your coursework here.   Others begin to consider it as you get into your studies and change your horizons.   Insuring proper coursework for transferring to a four-year college or university, then, becomes an important ingredient in your program planning. Keep in mind that the final decision for credit transfers rests with institution to which you are transferring; therefore, you should contact them with any questions you may have. 

Several colleges in the area offer a variety of opportunities for you to continue your education. Although the following list is not all-inclusive, it may provide you with useful starting points.

Central Washington University (Ellensburg)

Pacific Lutheran University (Spanaway)

St. Martin's College (Lacey)                                      

The Evergreen State College (Olympia)

The Evergreen State College (Tacoma)

University of Phoenix (online)          

University of Puget Sound (Tacoma)

University of Washington (Seattle)      

University of Washington (Tacoma)

Washington State University (Pullman and distance education options)

Western Washington University (Bellingham)    


After spending two years of growth and development with you during your coursework here at TCC, we see your leaving as bittersweet.   You shared a good part of yourself with us and have left your impact.   We'll miss you.   On the other hand, we are enthusiastic about your future in the field and we wish you well.   We'd like to keep in touch with you to know how and what you're doing with your career, and to receive any feedback you might have regarding the program as you gain some perspective.   We'd also like to offer you the opportunity to earn continuing education credits by taking specialty courses and workshops that we will continue to generate in response to community needs.  

Please inform us of address changes and/or work changes so we don't lose contact with you .   We can be each other's best resources!



Code of Ethics

We have formulated a Human Services Code of Ethics applying specifically to our needs as a program committed to providing the highest possible training and service to the community. We take our basic premise from the American Association of Counseling and Development Code of Ethical Standards, which states: "...members who are responsible for training others must: 


What follows, then, is the adopted Code of Ethics. All students enrolled in the Human Services Program are expected to comply with the provisions of the code.   Failure to do so may lead to academic review actions, including the follow: warnings, probation or dismissal from the program.


  1. Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the Human Services Professional Program as written in the student handbook.
  2. Students are expected to behave in a professional manner while fulfilling program responsibilities. This includes appropriate dress, conduct and language on campus and at clinical sites.
  3. Students must be able to follow directions and accept supervision from faculty. 
  4. Use of alcohol or drugs impairs the helping relationships expected of students in this program. Therefore, abuse of alcohol or drugs while performing the duties of a Human Services Professional student will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate academic review action.
  5. The Human Services Professional student should not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. This includes (but is not limited to) cheating, plagiarism, falsifying documents and misrepresenting qualifications. 
  6. Students are required to respect the rights of others by maintaining a professional relationship with clients and to refrain from personal, social relationships with them. 
  7. Respecting confidentiality is essential at all times. Discussion of confidential material with field supervisors and/or program faculty is not a violation of confidentiality and is often a responsibility of a student. The identification of individuals should not be disclosed. The seminar is the only proper forum for the discussion of material from the clinical practicum experience. Any breach of confidentiality will result in immediate academic review action. 
  8. Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the agency in which they do their clinical practicum. This includes accepting supervision in a constructive manner and following appropriate channels of communication.


A copy of the Human Services Code of Ethics Contract, which all incoming students will be asked to read and sign can be downloaded here.


Human Services Program Course of Study

The structure of the Human Services Professional Program is progressive. As much as possible, courses should be taken in order. Frequent meetings with your HSP program advisor are highly recommended.

Associate in Applied Sciences Human Services Degree Option

 The Human Services Degree consists of 92 credits of instruction and can be completed in a two-year period.  Students who successfully complete this program will receive an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Human Services. Click here to download the Requirement Checklist for the degree option.


First Quarter



HSP 100

Introduction to Human Services


HSP 103

Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques


HSP 107

Behavioral Health and Wellness



Second Quarter



HSP 112

Best Practices in Human Services


HSP 113

Advanced Helping Strategies


HSP 117

Ethics and Professional Development



Third Quarter



HSP 121

Survey of Addictions and Pharmacology


HSP 126

Cultural Competancies for Human Services


HSP 291

Supervised Clinical Practicum I



Fourth Quarter



CU 102

Word I


ENGL 101

English Composition I


HSP 292

Supervised Clinical Practicum II


HSP Specialty Course



Fifth Quarter



ENGL& 102

English Composition II


PSYC& 100

General Psychology


HSP 293

Supervised Clinical Practicum III



Sixth Quarter



SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology


BUS 110 or MATH 107


HSP Specialty Course



Specialty Courses* - Select Two

HSP 130

Recovery Education


HSP 212

Advanced Case Management


HSP 224

Dynamics of Family Violence


HSP 225

Treatment Trends for Domestic Violence


HSP 230

Co-Occurring Disorders


HSP 241

Working with Youth and Families


HSP 251

Substance Abuse Prevention


HSP 252

Advanced Prevention Strategies


HSP 265

Aging and Adult Services


HSP 281

Clinical Supervision


HSP 282

Program Planning and Grant Writing



* Please note that not all specialty are available on a regular basis. Please discuss which speciality courses you would like to take with your program advisor in order to get further details on when course offerings will be made available.

Short Term Certificate Options

Human Services program offers two short term certificate programs; the Case Aide (15-credits) and Human Services (45-credits) Certificates.


Case Aide Certificate

HSP 100

Introduction to Human Services


HSP 103

Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques


HSP 107

Behavioral Health and Wellness



 The Human Services certificate will supplement a prior college degree to meet the educational competencies required by the state of Washington for the Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certification.

NOTE: An Associate's degree is required for the CDP certificate.

Human Services Certificate

HSP 100

Introduction to Human Services


HSP 103

Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques


HSP 107

Behavioral Health and Wellness


HSP 112

Best Practices in Human Services


HSP 113

Advanced Helping Strategies


HSP 117

Ethics and Professional Development


HSP 121

Survey of Addictions and Pharmacology


HSP 126

Cultural Competancies for Human Services


HSP 291

Supervised Clinical Practicum I




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Practicum Requirements

At many points along the way, you will have the opportunity to assess whether you wish to continue pursuing a degree in this field.   Nowhere is this more true than in the Supervised Clinical Practicum coursework. This is where the academic foundation you've built, the skills you've developed, and the values and beliefs you hold interface with the workplace.   Each Supervised Clinical Practicum provides an opportunity for you to assess if this is working for you. The Clinical Supervision experience offers a protected environment of supervision by the college and the agency where you can analyze your commitment to the field. 

A grade of "C" or better in your HSP classes is required before you take HSP 291. 

HSP 291 is the first of your supervised clinical practicum experiences.   It requires you to work 150 hours during the quarter in a setting where you are under supervision and which has been approved by your TCC supervisory.   The focus of HSP 291 is on integrating oneself into the workplace.   The weekly seminars offer helpful suggestions and discussions on how establishing a good working relationship and reawakening your communication skills.   Reviewing your HSP 103 notes and tapes has proven helpful to many students to refresh their interviewing and counseling skills.   A grade of "C" or better is required to progress to HSP 292.


HSP 292 requires 150 hours of supervised work experience approved by your school supervisor.   The focus of the HSP 292 weekly seminars shifts to your case conceptualization and management skills.   Students will present cases they are working with to receive feedback and to strategize their work.   Other pertinent professional issues may also be discussed as related to students' experiences.   Again, successful completion ("C" or better) is required before moving on to HSP 293.


HSP 293 is your final clinical practicum experience and again requires 150 hours of supervised work.   The focus of HSP 293 is on integration of your experience with your learning to form a personal theory of counseling.   Weekly seminars will alternate between discussing sections of your personal theory and issues that arise from the field.   Helping you to synthesize theories and techniques into a working model is our goal for this quarter. 


Supervised Clinical Practicum should be an exciting and invigorating time for you. Without a doubt, it will provide you with essential information about yourself, your desires, and your abilities. It sometimes happens that you and your supervisor become aware during a practicum that you need to do some additional coursework or personal work on yourself before pursuing another placement.   This should not be looked upon as a negative outcome of the placement, but rather as evidence of the importance of practicum settings to the learning experience. The program is designed to give you every opportunity to build on your abilities, to be successfully employed, and to maximize your effectiveness.   If that means taking a bit more time to accomplish these goals, it's time that will not be wasted.


Chemical Dependency Professional Information

The Washington State Department of Health is the certifying agency for Chemical Dependency Professional for everyone who did not begin their internship prior to July 1, 1999. Under the state's umbrella, students are required to complete special academic competencies. The Human Services Professional program here at Tacoma Community College can provide you with the educational courses needed to meet these academic competancies as outlined in WAC 246-811-0303.

The following matrix shows where the WAC requirements are covered in the Human Services Professional Program at Tacoma Community College. Areas which are a primary focus in a course are indicated by (p), while (s) means the topic is a secondary portion of the course curriculum. 


HSP 100


(p) i.     Referral and use of community resources

(s) o.   Developmental psychology

HSP 103


(p) k.   Individual counseling

HSP 107


(p)   o.   Developmental psychology 

(p)   g.   HIV / AIDS (4 hours) brief risk intervention for the chemically dependent 

(s)   b.   Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs 


HSP 112


(p) d. Understanding addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria, including ASAM criteria   

(p) f. Chemical dependency clinical evaluation (screening and referral to include comorbidity) 

(p) h.   Chemical dependency treatment planning 

(p)   j.   Service coordination (implementing the treatment plan, consulting, continuing assessment and treatment planning) 

(p)   q.   Documentation, to include screening, intake, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data 

(p)   v.   Chemical dependency case management 

(s)   b.   Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs 

(s)   c.   Substance abuse and addiction treatment methods 

(s)   i.   Referral and use of community resources 

(s)   u.   Adolescent chemical dependency assessment and treatment 


HSP 113


(p) c.   Substance abuse and addiction treatment methods 

(p)   l.   Group counseling 

(p) m. Chemical dependency counseling for families, couples, and significant others 

(p) n.   Client, family and community education 

(p) p.   Psychopathology / abnormal psychology 

(p) u.   Adolescent chemical dependency assessment and treatment 

(s) o.   Developmental psychology 

HSP 117



(p) r.   Chemical dependency confidentiality

(s) s.   Professional and ethical responsibilities


HSP 121


(p)   a.   Understanding addiction 

(p)   b.   Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs 

(p)   t.   Relapse prevention 

(p)   w.   Chemical dependency rules and regulations 

HSP 126


(p)   e.   Cultural diversity including people with disabilities and its implication for treatment 

Students will still need to complete the other portions of the requirements that the state requires in order to complete the state certification process.
Please refer to the Department of Health licensing for more specific information at


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Learning Resources

TCC Library

The Library, in Building 7, has HSP books and manuals on two-hour reserve status for most of the current courses.

HSP Resource Room 

In Building 13, Room 241, there is a Human Services resource library with audio tapes, books, journals, and magazines. You may check out material for personal or school use. Room is also available for video-recording and practice counseling and interviewing.

Computer Lab 

The student computer lab is located in Bldg 16. Call the computer center for lab hours and further information: 253.566.5157.

Human Service Professional Student Club

TCC has a Human Services club open to all students in the program. This club conducts community projects on campus and with the greater community to promote a positive image of Human Services. It also serves to develop student leadership qualities and role-modeling to new students. For more information, contact Jim Carroll at or 253.566.5214.




Computer Requirements

This program is taught predominantly in a traditional lecture and small groups class setting however you will be required to take CU 102 and HSP 126. There are also a number of general education courses offered in hybrid, and fully online format sp you will need to be comfortable and familiar with using a computer. If you feel you need some remedial training in computers, please check out the CU 100 course.



Also recommended


The college uses the online classroom software called Angel.

Here you will find a number of tutorials to help you through computer tasks (such as how to cut, copy, and paste) as well as specific Angel functions (such as how to use discussion boards).

Computer and Angel Tutorials:

What to do in case of a computer disaster

Have a backup plan!

24/7 Technical Support on the Internet at: or call 1.866.862.4987 to speak with a support representative



 Please click "Next" for important information regarding financial aid and tuition.


Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate information posted by Tacoma Community College at:

Financial Aid

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for financial aid at TCC you must:

If you are advised into Adult Basic Education classes, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid until you have successfully completed that coursework.

Financial Aid is not available for High School Completion, GED, Running Start, Fresh Start or Continuing Education classes.

How to Apply

Applying for financial aid takes time!

Your application is not complete and you have not met the file completion date (deadline date) until all of the required information has been processed and received by the financial aid office (see below) and all discrepancies have been resolved or corrected.

You have not completed the financial aid application process at TCC until:

If you miss the file completion date for the quarter you want to start school, you can still attend, but you should be prepared to pay for your own tuition and books, as any financial aid you may be eligible to receive would most likely not be ready until sometime after the start of the quarter.

Students must apply for aid each year, not every quarter.

Classes fill quickly. Don't wait to register!


For more information, please refer to:



Scholarships and Financial Resources

Tuition Assistance for WorkFirst Students - Call the WorkFirst Office to see if you are eligible for funds at 253.565.9610

Opportunity Grant - Contact Opportunity Grant & Worker Retraining at 253.566.5188 or

Veteran's Benefits - Information for veterans is available by calling 253.566.5081

Financial Aid - The Financial Aid office is located in Bldg.18. The phone number to the front desk is 253.566.5080. There are many types of financial aid available to students, including scholarships such as the Pleneurethics Scholarship for eligible students.  

TCC Foundation Scholarships - The TCC Foundation offers a number of scholarships for eligible students as well as resources in looking for and applying to scholarships. Please refer to the following website for further details.




Please be sure to review these links to necessary information regarding the financial aspect of completing the Human Services program. Now that you have been given information on the profession and the program, click "Next" to find out how to get started. 


Becoming a TCC Student

Admission Application

Complete the Online Application for admission if you haven't already done so. Students may apply online or in person at the admissions counter in Bldg. 7.  Within 5 days, the Admissions Office will mail you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application. You will also be assigned a permanent student ID number and be able to set up your student email account and TCC Student Portal. Keep track of your Student ID Number and Login Information as you will be using it quite a bit.

*Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the Financial Aid office in Bldg.14 for more information or call 253.566.5080. Financial aid forms must be completed upwards of 3-6 months prior to your expected start date, please apply early.

Skill Level Assessment

Students must be assessed at college-level in English and reading before they can begin the Human Services program.

To find out what level you are assessed at, you will take an Entry Skills Assessment (ACCUPLACER).

Check these online resources which are available to help you prepare for taking this assessment.

Testing may be waived if you have completed college-level math and English at another college or if you have taken the Asset, Compass, or CPT assessment test at another college within the past two years. Contact the Assessment Center for details.


Transferring Credits from a prior college

You may have already taken some college courses that would count towards fulfilling all or some degree requirements here at TCC. If you plan to transfer credits from another college you must provide an official, sealed transcript to the Records and Registration Office in Bldg 7. Credit evaluations usually take 2-4 weeks. You will we able to check on your transcript evaluation results through My E-Services in your TCC Student Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: The admission, assessment, and transcript review process will take time, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time before the start of the quarter you plan to begin (at least 4-6 weeks). For more detailed information regarding admission requirements please go to:



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Quarterly Registration Information


After starting the program, students will still need to meet with their Human Services Advisor at least once every quarter to map out their educational plan. Students should make appointments with their advisors on or before Educational Planning Day.


 Students who wait to the end or right before the quarter starts may or may not be able to get into much needed classes. This could prove detrimental to financial aid and/or finishing the program in a timely manner.


How to Register for Classes

For first-timers and even veteran students, the registration process can be confusing. Please click here for information and directions. 


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What's Next?

Now that you have completed the Virtual Information Session your next step is to contact one of the HSP advisors to make an appointment with them.




The three advisors for the HSP program can be reached directly by telephone or email and are more than happy to schedule a time to see you.
CLICK HERE for HSP Advisor Contact Information



You will need to bring these three items to your advising appointment:

Human Services Program Application

Advising Checklist

Advising Worksheet


 Be sure to fill in your name below and click Submit Score. You may also print a Certificate for your records.