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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Human Services, AAS

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The Human Services program prepares students for entry-level jobs or for transfer to a four-year degree program. By the end of the program, students will be able to interact effectively with clients in a human services agency.

The program emphasizes skills needed in working with clients such as interviewing, determining eligibility for services, making appropriate referrals and assisting with counseling. A supervised internship allows students to apply their skills in a work setting.

When the program is completed, students may find employment in a wide variety of settings, including public and private social services agencies, treatment centers, group homes, supported living and work programs, and state or county departments of social services.

For more information about the Human Services program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/humanservices.

Program Details

Locations: Ankeny, Carroll, Newton, Urban

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Newton Campus students must take HSV 286 HSV 803  and HSV 804  at the Ankeny or Urban Campus.

Students may start any semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Human Services AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the Human Services required courses and options and must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

Semester 2

Semester 4

Semester 5

Option 4 - Select 1 Course


* Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check with that institution regarding math requirements before selecting math and science courses for this program.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 405 405 405 405 405
Supplies 105 105 105 105 105

Approximate total for program: $13,686**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Assess individual needs, identify the problems of individuals and families through interviews.
  • Aid in understanding and solving problems and help secure needed services and resources.
  • Help people understand themselves and others to overcome racial, cultural and sex role stereotyping and prejudices.
  • May deal with contact persons who are significant to client, such as employer, teachers, family and doctors.
  • Complete varying amounts of paperwork, including reports and records on clients.
  • Observe, understand and record client behaviors.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Form sound interpersonal relationships.
  • Be emotionally mature, objective and sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Basic keyboarding and word processing skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?

  • Advancement in the field may require further academic training.
  • Average starting salary $22,610 (2013-2014 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of human systems:  individual, group, organization, community and society, and their major interactions.
  2. Demonstrate skill in identifying and selecting interventions which promote growth and goal attainment.
  3. Display skill in planning, implementing and evaluating interventions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning and classes of deviations from desired functioning in the major human systems.
  5. Display consistent behaviors in selecting interventions which are congruent with the values of one’s self, clients, the employing organization and the Human Services profession.
  6. Process skills which are required to plan and implement services.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)

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