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Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

 Associate Degree Advisors

Lynn Paterna
Associate Professor
Human Services
PSB 218A


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Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services will be able to:

  1. Apply the skills and competencies necessary to assess clients' individual needs, and develop and implement a plan of action.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) Standards for Ethical Behavior in their professional work.
  3. Demonstrate active listening, counseling skills, dealing effectively with conflict, clarifying expectations, and establishing rapport.
  4. Apply knowledge to working in community-based human services organizations.


A. General University Requirements

Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees (described in the UAA Course Catalog)

B. General Education Requirements

Complete the General Education Requirements for AAS Degrees (GERs) described in the UAA Course Catalog. 

12 credits of additional University electives are required. For students intending to pursue their Bachelor's Degree after completing the Associate, we recommend taking electives that will meet GER requirements for the BHS degree. AAS degree courses must be at the 100 level or above.   

C. Program Requirements


  1. Complete the following required core courses (30 credits): ​

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY A111, A150 or A200 Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development or Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
HUMS A107 History and Systems of Human Services 3
HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace 3
HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I 3
HUMS A256 Groups and Organizations 3
HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I 3
HUMS A295B Human Services Practicum II 3
HUMS A324 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling II  3
HUMS A353 Working with Individuals with Disabilities: A Human Service Perspective 3

 2. Complete 9 credits from the following electives:

Course Number Course Title Credits
HUMS A123 Community Education and Prevention in Substance Abuse 3
HUMS A125 Intervention and Prevention of High Risk Behaviors in Adolescents  3
HUMS/DLS A200 Introduction to Childrens' Behavioral Health  3
HUMS/DLS A205 Teaching Social Skills to Youth in Childrens' Behavioral Health  3
HUMS/DLS A206 Positive Behavioral Supports in Childrens' Behavioral Health  3
HUMS A224 Conflict and Collaborative Systems  3
HUMS A385 Working with Traumatized Children  3


 3. Choose 12 credits of additional University electives. Consultation with faculty advisor is recommended.


Practicum I & II are required for the AAS in Human Services.

The Department follows strict guidelines dictated by the accrediting body for Human Services Programs (CSHSE). 
Students must meet ALL prerequisites to be admitted.

Practicum I - HUMS A295A Prerequisites:

  • Admission to the Human Services AAS Degree Program.
  • The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:
    • HUMS A107 History and Systems of Human Services
    • HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace
    • HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I 
    • WRTG A111 Methods of Written Communication (completed or concurrently enrolled)

Practicum II - HUMS A295B Prerequisites:

  • HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I (with grade C or better)