Human Services AAS
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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.

Order

Course

Title

Credit

1

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

2

HMS 100

Introduction to Human Services

3

3

ENG 1111

College Composition I

3

4

MEN 101

Mental Health Skill Training I

3

5

SOC 200

Principles of Sociology

3

6

MTH 130

Fundamentals of Reasoning

3

7

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

8

HMS 121

Basic Counseling Skills I

3

9

HMS 141

Group Dynamics I

3

10

HMS 236

Gerontology

3

11

MEN 102

Mental Health Skill Training II

3

12

ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

13

HLT 121

Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse

3

14

HMS 226

Helping Across Cultures

3

15

HMS 122

Basic Counseling Skills II

3

16

HMS 227

The Helper as Change Agent

3

17

HMS 142

Group Dynamics II

3

18

HMS 225

Functional Family Intervention

3

19

HMS 266

Counseling Psychology

3

20

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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

21

CST 110

Introduction to Communication

3

22

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

23

HMS 2903

Coordinated Internship in Human Services

3

TOTAL

Human Services Associate of Applied Science 

67

 

3.09.20


Name Program Email Phone
Lori Johnson Human Services AAS lojohnson@reynolds.edu 804/523-5462
Pamela Ratliff Human Services AAS PRatliff@reynolds.edu 804/523-5535

 

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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 4,651

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $17,300 - $23,600


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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 248

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,600 - $38,100


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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 870

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $20,300 - $32,900


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Projected Employment (2029): 2,014

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,900 - $36,700


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

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 accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.