Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

 

Associate Degree Advisors

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Lynn Paterna
Associate Professor
PSB 218 A
Phone: (907) 758-6473
Email: lspaterna@alaska.edu

 

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Amber Fullmer Christensen
Assistant Professor
PSB 218 D
Phone: (907) 786-6439
Email: amchristensen@alaska.edu

 

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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 Course Requirements for AAS Degrees (GCRs) (described in the UAA Course Catalog)

C.   Major Requirements 

  1. Complete the following required core courses (30 credits): ‚Äč
Course number Course title Credits
ANTH A200 or
ANTH A202
Alaska Native Cultures or
Cultural Anthropology
3
PSY A111, A150
or A200
Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development or Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
HUMS A107 History and Systems of Human Services
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 Adoloscents 3
HUMS/DLS A200 Introduction to Children's Behavioral Health 3
HUMS/DLS A205 Teaching Social Skills to Youth in Children's Behavioral Health 3
HUMS/DLS A206 Positive Behavioral Supports in Children's 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.
 4. A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.

Suggested Course Sequence 

First Semester
HUMS 107
History and Systems
of Human Services
 HUMS A223
Introduction to Paraprofessional
Counseling I

 HUMS A155
Human Relations in the Workplace

COMM A111 or
COMM A235 or
COMM A237 or
COMM A241
English Placement or
Elective/
General Ed
Requirement
Second Semester
HUMS A324
Paraprofessional
Counseling II
     PSY A111 or     
PSY A150
(GER)
 HUMS Elective  HUMS A256
Groups and
Organizations
 WRTG A111
(Accuplacer required)
Third Semester
HUMS A295A
Practicum I
 HUMS A353
Working with Individuals with Disabilities
 Elective/
General Ed
Requirement 
ANTH A200
or

ANTH A202
(GER)
WRTG A211, 212, 213, or  214
Fourth Semester
 HUMS A295B
Practicum II
HUMS Elective HUMS Elective  Elective/
General Ed
Requirement
 Elective/
General Ed
Requirement

A.A.S. degree courses must be at the 100 level or above.   

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. See UAA Catalog for approved GER list.

A TOTAL OF 60 CREDITS IS REQUIRED FOR THE A.A.S. DEGREE IN HUMAN SERVICES

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 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)