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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 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.

Locations: Ankeny, Carroll, Newton, Urban

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Newton Campus students must take HSV 286 , HSV 288  and HSV 802  at the Ankeny or Urban Campus.

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

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.

Required Courses

Semester 2

Semester 4

Semester 5


** 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……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

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

Approximate total for program: $11,192*

* 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 Program or Career Choice?

• Advancement in the field may require further academic training.
• Average starting salary $29,377 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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