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Human Services

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The two-year associate degree in Human Services is designed to prepare students with the requisite professional knowledge, skills, and values to obtain entry-level positions in a diverse, pluralistic, and ever-changing, public, private, and non-profit human services delivery system.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following types of employers: social service agencies; childcare agencies; hospitals; mental retardation and rehabilitation agencies; mental health settings; juvenile and adult corrections; private, non-profit, and for-profit agencies; and geriatric settings.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, an interview with the program head is recommended. While a face-to-face interview is preferable, an interview can also be conducted via telephone or electronic conference. The curriculum provides students with the requisite knowledge, skills, professional values, and attitudes necessary to practice in a diverse client and service delivery system. The program is also designed to enhance the professional knowledge, skills, and marketability of persons already employed in human services. Students should consult their faculty advisor or a counselor to discuss educational goals and objectives, employment opportunities, course electives, internship requirements, and potential sites for internships.

All students in the program should take the core curriculum courses in sequence as listed in the catalog. Students who receive a final grade lower than “C” in any of the core courses should repeat the course before taking further courses in the core curriculum. Students who are having academic difficulty should discuss their academic progress with a counselor or faculty advisor.

A coordinated internship in a human service agency is required in the fourth semester of the curriculum. Students should discuss the internship course with the program head, as well as select, interview, confirm a placement supervisor and site, and complete all required internship documents the semester prior to registering for HMS 290: Coordinated Internship. Students can select from a directory of internship sites maintained by the program head or select and interview in a human services agency of their choice that formally agrees to provide the required learning experiences and supervision for 130-clock hours. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to the agency.

The purpose of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree curriculum is to prepare students for employment upon graduation. Four-year college and university transfer opportunities for associate of applied science degrees, if existing, are usually very specific in nature. Students may, however, substitute some courses in the AAS degree curriculum with courses that generally transfer to senior institutions. Students should consult their program advisor at the earliest possible date for further guidance and are advised to get assurances in writing, in advance, from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SOC 200

Principles of Sociology

3

0

3

HMS 100

Introduction to Human Services

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

MEN 101

Mental Health Skill Training I

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HMS 121

Basic Counseling Skills I

3

0

3

HMS 141

Group Dynamics I

3

0

3

HMS 236

Gerontology

3

0

3

MEN 102

Mental Health Skill Training II

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

HLT 1211

Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse

3

0

3

HMS 226

Helping Across Cultures

3

0

3

HMS 122

Basic Counseling Skills II

3

0

3

MTH 1202

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

HMS 227

The Helper as Change Agent

3

0

3

HMS 142

Group Dynamics II

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

CST 110

Introduction to Speech Communication

3

0

3

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

HMS 225

Functional Family Intervention

3

0

3

HMS 266

Counseling Psychology

3

0

3

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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

HMS 290

Coordinated Internship in Human Services

0

15

3

TOTAL

15

15

18

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Human Services 67

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An approved personal wellness elective may be substituted for this course. A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics/science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

Students may substitute either a transfer math course or BIO 101 for MTH 120. Students wishing to substitute a transfer math course should consult their advisor and transfer institution for further guidance.

A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics/science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

HUMAN SERVICES

HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3 cr.

Introduces human service agencies, roles, and careers. Presents a historical perspective of the field as it relates to human services today. Additional topics include values clarification and needs of target populations.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 121 Basic Counseling Skills I 3 cr.

Develops skills needed to function in a helping relationship. Emphasizes skills in attending, listening, and responding. Clarifies personal skill strengths, deficits, and goals for skill improvement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 122 Basic Counseling Skills II 3 cr.

Expands the development of counseling skills needed to function effectively in a helping relationship. Emphasizes skills in responding, personalizing, summarizing, and initiating. Clarifies personal skill strengths, deficits, and goals for skill improvement. Develops plans for achieving personal and program goals.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 141 Group Dynamics I 3 cr.

Examines the stages of group development, group dynamics, the role of the leader in a group, and recognition of the various types of group processes. Discusses models of group dynamics that occur as a result of group membership dynamics.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 142 Group Dynamics II 3 cr.

Examines group dynamics, group leadership, group cohesion, transference, and group helping through experiential involvement in group facilitating and leadership. Increases group skills through active classroom participation in group experiences.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 220 Addiction and Prevention 3 cr.

Examines the impact of drugs and addiction on individuals and their families. Explores the myths about various drugs and their benefit or lack of benefit.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 225 Functional Family Intervention 3 cr.

Provides an understanding of functions and dysfunctions within the family. Emphasizes the development of effective skills through an interpersonal/interactional approach to family intervention.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 226 Helping Across Cultures 3 cr.

Provides a historical overview of selected cultural and racial groups. Promotes understanding of group differences and the impact on counseling services.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 227 The Helper as a Change Agent 3 cr.

Teaches the following skills for implementing alternative models of change and influence: action research, problem solving, consultation, workshop development, and outreach and advocacy for diverse client populations.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 236 Gerontology 3 cr.

Examines the process of aging and its implications in relation to health, recreation, education, transportation, meaningful work or activity, and community resources. Emphasizes experiencing the aging process, facilitating retirement, and application of the helping relationship to work with older adults.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 258 Case Management and Substance Abuse 3 cr.

Focuses on the process for interviewing substance abuse clients. Includes intake, assessment, handling denial, and ending the interview. Teaches skills for writing short-term goals and treatment plans with emphasis on accountability. Examines various reporting devices.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 260 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 cr.

Provides an understanding of the skills of guidance of clients and those associated with being an advocate. Examines the dynamics of the client/counselor relationship in developing treatment plans and empowerment skills.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 266 Counseling Psychology 3 cr.

Studies major counseling theories, their contributions and limitations, and the application of each to a counseling interaction. Provides students an opportunity to develop their own personal counseling theory.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 270 Treatment Systems 3 cr.

Examines the services and facilities established for the purpose of treating addictions. Focuses on treatment therapy models and ethical standards related to addiction-disease theory.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HMS 290 Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 cr.

Places students in selected career-related human service agencies. Provides students with an opportunity to learn to integrate practice with theory under the supervision of a qualified supervisor in their designated career field. Helps students gain an overview of their chosen service career field.Laboratory 15 hours per week


Name Program Email Phone
Pamela Ratliff Human Services AAS PRatliff@reynolds.edu 804/523-5535

 

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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 5,351

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $16,400 - $21,200


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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 314

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $36,800 - $57,700


Common Job Titles1: Hall Coordinator; Residence Director; Residence Hall Director; Residence Life Coordinator; Residence Life Director; Resident Advisor; Resident Assistant; Resident Director; Residential Life Director; Unit Coordinator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 748

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,400 - $29,800


Common Job Titles1: Advocate; Caseworker; Community Coordinator; Family Support Worker; Home based Assistant; Human Services Program Specialist; Mental Health Technician; Outreach Specialist; Social Services Assistant; Social Work Associate


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 2,452

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $23,000 - $34,700


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.