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Human Services Program

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In the Human Services Program, students develop skills in the areas of supportive counseling, written and oral communication, assessment, planning, asset identification, and community organization.  The Program provides a sound theoretical framework used to understand and assist people with differences including the sociology of deviance, disability, and service systems, while recognizing that methods for understanding and helping others are constantly evolving. Opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real work situations is provided in Practicum courses that require students to work in community settings under the supervision of professionals in the field.

The Human Services Program prepares students to enter occupations in public and private human services agencies; acquire skills and knowledge related to the student's current human services employment; and pursue further studies leading to advanced academic degrees and special certifications. 

 A Certificate in Human Services provides students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for humane and effective work in entry- level positions. The Associate Degree in Human Services, however, prepares students for more advanced positions requiring greater autonomy and a broader range of knowledge and skills. Many students completing the Human Services Program continue their education and obtain bachelor and master level degrees in Human Services and allied professions.  Students wishing to specialize in Gerontology can elect to enroll in the Human Services degree with a concentration in Gerontology.

Scholarships may be available for students who are currently working in the Human Services profession. Please contact the Program Coordinator to learn more."

Program Expectations

  • Human service students must demonstrate capacities for systematic analysis, skilled communication, imaginative problem-solving, empathic insight, and a strong sense of accountability to the persons on whose behalf they work.
  • The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, and accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty coordinator; and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers, and/or clients and their families.
  • Human Services students work closely in the field with individuals of all ages. Many practicum sites and potential employers perform background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as through the Police and possibly the FBI. A student's driving record will be examined and considered prior to acceptance by some practicum sites and potential employers. The student will pay for such background checks in many circumstances.
  • Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practical. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview with the Program Coordinator prior to admission to the program so that future goals are not compromised.

HUMAN SERVICES DEGREE

 

First Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
HSV120L Introduction to the Human Services Profession 3 0 3
HSV110L Professional Seminar 3 0 3
PSYC125L Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Total 17 0 17
 

First Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL124L Business Communications 3 0 3
OR        
ENGL260L Public Speaking 3 0 3
HSV126L Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
HSV128L Individual Assessment and Planning 3 0 3
HSV130L Gerontology 3 0 3
HSV150L Introduction to Practicum 1 0 1
SOSC128L Chemical Dependency 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
HSV161L Human Services Practicum I 2 9 5
HSV221L Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
PSYC126L Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
SOSC235L Children, Youth, and Families 3 0 3
  Total 11 9 14
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
HSV228L Political/Social Issues in Human Services 3 0 3
HSV262L Human Services Practicum II 2 9 5
PHIL227L Ethical Issues 3 0 3
  Human Services Elective* 3 0 3
  Science Elective with Lab 3 2 4
  Total 14 11 18
 
Total Credits for First Year: 33
Total Credits for Second Year: 32
Total for A.S. Degree: 65

CONCENTRATION IN GERONTOLOGY DEGREE

 

First Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
HSV120L Introduction to the Human Services Profession 3 0 3
HSV110L Professional Seminar 3 0 3
PSYC125L Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Total 17 0 17
 

First Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL124L Business Communications 3 0 3
HSV126L Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
HSV128L Individual Assessment and Planning 3 0 3
HSV130L Gerontology 3 0 3
HSV150L Introduction to Practicum 1 0 1
SOSC128L Chemical Dependency 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
CIS132L Software Applications 3 2 4
HSV131L Psychosocial Aspects of Aging 3 0 3
HSV171L  Gerontology Practicum I 2 9 5
HSV230L The Aging Process 3 0 3
PSYC126L Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
  Total 14 11 18
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
HSV228L Political/Social Issues in Human Services 3 0 3
HSV271L Gerontology Practicum II 2 9 5
PHIL227L Ethical Issues 3 0 3
BIOL144L Human Biology with Lab 3 2 4
OR        
BIOL1450L Anatomy & Physiology I 3 2 4
SOSC221L Organizational Behavior 3 0 3
  Total 14 11 18

Total Credits for First Year: 33

Total Credits for Second Year: 36

Total for A.S. Degree: 69

 

Human Services Electives

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
HSV112L Overview Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
HSV113L Community Inclusion 3 0 3
HSV122L Supportive Communication Skills 3 0 3
HSV140L Justice and the Community  3 0 3
HSV145L Foundations of Conflict Resolution 3 0 3
HSV214L Meaningful Supports 3 0 3
HSV215L Family and Support Networks  3 0 3
HSV230L The Aging Process 3 0 3

HUMAN SERVICES CERTIFICATE

Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
HSV120L Introduction to the Human Services Profession 3 0 3
HSV110L Professional Seminar 3 0 3
HSV126L Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
HSV128L Individual Assessment and Planning 3 0 3
HSV150L Introduction to the Practicum 1 0 1
HSV161L Human Services Practicum I 2 9 5
PSYC126L Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
Choose 3 credits:        
HSV130L Gerontology 3 0 3
HSV221L Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
SOSC128L Chemical Dependency 3 0 3
  Total 25 9 29

Total Credits: 29

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement

GERONTOLOGY CERTIFICATE

Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 3 0 4
HSV110L Professional Seminar 3 0 3
HSV130L Gerontology 3 0 3
HSV131L Psychosocial Aspects of Aging 3 0 3
HSV150L Introduction to the Practicum 1 0 1
HSV1710L Gerontology Practicum I 2 9 5
OR        
NURS100L Licensed Nursing Assistant 2 9 5
HSV230L The Aging Process 3 0 3
SOSC128L Chemical Dependency 3 0 3
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
Choose 3 credits:        
HSV232L Political/Social Issues in Gerontology 3 0 3
SOSC124L Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
PSYC126L Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
  Total 22 9 29

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CERTIFICATE

Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 3 0 4
HSV112L Overview of Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
HSV113L Community Inclusion 3 0 3
HSV150L Introduction to the Practicum 1 0 1
HSV161L Human Services Practicum I 2 9 5
HSV214L Meaningful Supports 3 0 3
HSV215L Families and Support Networks 3 0 3
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
Choose 3 credits:        
PSYC120L Introduction to the Human Services Profession 3 0 3
HSV221L Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
HSV228L Political/Social Issues of Human Services 3 0 3
  Total 22 9 26

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement

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