Human Services Professional Program

Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) Degree and Certificate Programs

TCC's Human Services Professional program prepares students to work as practitioners in social, mental health and addiction service agencies; and non-profit organizations, schools and prisons. You’ll learn about human behavior and social problems and how individuals interact with systems to address these issues. You'll learn how to help people meet their physical, mental and emotional needs.

The Human Services Program offers three options: a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree in Human Services, a Case Aide certificate and a Chemical Dependency certificate.

Program Pathway

Requirements
AAS Degree in Human Services
Case Aide Certificate
Chemical Dependency Certificate
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To enter the Human Services program, students must:

  • Assess at ENGL& 101 level or have completed ENGL/ 095 with a C grade or higher. Check out TCC's Placement Testing.
  • Once you complete your assessment and application to TCC, contact one of the HSP faculty members to discuss your educational plan.

(97 credits, 2-year program)

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
1st Quarter
HSP 100 Introduction to Human Services 5
HSP 103 Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques 5
HSP 107 Behavioral Health and Wellness 5
2nd Quarter
HSP 112 Best Practices in Human Services 5
HSP 113 Advanced Helping Strategies 5
HSP 117 Ethics and Professional Development 5
3rd Quarter
HSP 121 Survey of Addictions and Pharmacology 5
HSP 126 Cultural Competencies for Human Services 5
HSP 291 Supervised Clinical Practicum I 5
4th Quarter
CU 102 Word I (or other approved computer course) 2
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
HSP 292 Supervised Clinical Practicum II 5
HSP Specialty Course: select one from list 5
5th Quarter
ENGL& 102 Composition II: Argument and Persuasion 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
HSP 293 Supervised Clinical Practicum II 5
6th Quarter
BUS 110 Business Math 5
HSP Specialty Course: select one from list 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

 

NOTE: if you need remedial math courses, plan to take those during your last three quarters.

 

Electives
Students completing the Human Services Associate in Applied Sciences degree must complete 10 credits of related elective courses. Students may select specialization courses from the Human Services program, human development courses and behavioral sciences courses. Specialization courses are usually taken during the last three quarters of the program.
Specialization Courses
Number Title Credits
Students are encouraged to select two courses that relate to their academic and career goals. Ongoing academic advising is available to help Human Services students adjust program requirements to meet their specific needs.
HSP 130 Recovery Education 5
HSP 212 Advanced Case Management 5
HSP 217 Advocacy in Human Services 5
HSP 224 Dynamics of Family Violence 5
HSP 230 Co-occurring Disorders 5
HSP 241 Working with Youth and Families 5
HSP 251 Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies 5
HSP 262 Loss and Grief Through Life Span 5
HSP 265 Aging and Adult Services 5
HSP 282 Program and Proposal Development 5
HSP 283 Leadership and Development 5

 

 

(15 credits, 2 quarters)

The Case Aide certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of human service agencies. This certificate is completed in two quarters.

Number Title Credits
HSP 100 Introduction to Human Services 5
HSP 103 Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques 5
HSP 112 Best Practices in Human Services 5

(45 credits, 3 quarters)

Chemical Dependency Certificate meets the educational competencies required by the Washington State Department of Health for Chemical Dependency Professional certification.


Number Title Credits
1st Quarter
HSP 100 Introduction to Human Services 5
HSP 103 Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques 5
HSP 107 Behavioral Health and Wellness 5
2nd Quarter
HSP 112 Best Practices in Human Services 5
HSP 113 Advanced Helping Strategies 5
HSP 117 Ethics and Professional Development 5
3rd Quarter
HSP 121 Survey of Addictions and Pharmacology 5
HSP 126 Cultural Competencies for Human Services 5
HSP 291 Supervised Clinical Practicum I
or 200 level Human Services specialty course
or 200 level Psychology or Sociology course
5

 

For more information about this field, visit National Organization of Human Services.

Research Jobs and Careers in Human Services.

 

Contact Us

Barb Peterson, Program Chair
253-566-5388
Bldg. 13-236

Ken Pimpleton, HSP Professor
253-566-5273
Bldg. 13-234

Bridgette Agpaoa-Ryder, HSP Professor
253-566-5258
Bldg. 13-235