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
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
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.
Option 3 - Select 3 Courses
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
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
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 $22,610 (2013-2014 Placement Report).
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