Human Services

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: 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.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following types of employers: social service agencies; childcare agencies; hospitals; programs and rehabilitation agencies that serve the physically and intellectually disabled 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 who have completed 15+ credits in the program must consult their faculty advisor.

All students in the program should take the core curriculum courses that includes a first and second course, in a sequenced order. This means students must successfully complete the first course before proceeding to the second course in the sequence.. Students who receive a final grade lower than "C" in any of the core courses must repeat the course before taking further courses in the core curriculum. Students having academic difficulty completing the first 15 credits of their program should discuss their academic progress with a counselor in Student Support Services and after completion of 15 credits with their faculty advisor.

However, students who have successfully completed 7 core courses that have HMS and/or Men prefixes can enroll in the HMS 290 course before the fourth semester. Students must 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 must complete a 130 clock-hour internship learning experience in a program-approved agency site that has been verified by the instructor of the HMS 290 course. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to the agency.

1). Students should meet with their faculty advisor at least once per academic semester and check their advisement report by accessing the Student Information System (SIS) through the myreynolds portal.

2). Some agency internship sites may require criminal background, sex offender registry checks, and a TB screening as a condition for placement. When this is the case, students will be expected to cover any costs incurred.

3). Students who have past felony records; especially those that include barrier crimes in the state of Virginia or are on the sex offender registry in any state will not be able to secure internships that provide services to children or the elderly and may find it difficult being placed in other internship training sites. This, in turn, would prevent them from completing requirements for the Human Services degree.

CREDENTIALS: Upon completion of the degree or specific course credits within the degree, students are eligible for national and/or industry-based certifications. Students should consult their faculty advisor for more information on these certifications.

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.






SDV 100

College Success Skills



HMS 100

Introduction to Human Services



ENG 1111

College Composition I



MEN 1011

Mental Health Skill Training I



SOC 200

Principles of Sociology



MTH 1302

Fundamentals of Reasoning



ENG 112

College Composition II



HMS 1213

Basic Counseling Skills I



HMS 1414

Group Dynamics I



HMS 236




MEN 102

Mental Health Skill Training II



ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts



HLT 121

Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse



HMS 226

Helping Across Cultures



HMS 122

Basic Counseling Skills II



HMS 227

The Helper as Change Agent



HMS 142

Group Dynamics II



HMS 225

Functional Family Intervention



HMS 266

Counseling Psychology




Humanities/Fine Arts Elective



CST 1104

Introduction to Communication



PSY 230

Developmental Psychology



HMS 2906

Coordinated Internship in Human Services



Human Services Associate of Applied Science



1Part I of II

2Course substitution Bio 101

3Part I of II

4Part I of II

5Course substitution CST 100

6Program-specific course that requires a meeting with instructor of course. a semester prior to enrolling.

Name Program Email Phone
Lori Johnson Human Services AAS 804/523-5462
Pamela Ratliff Human Services AAS 804/523-5535

Common Job Titles1: Assistant Teacher; Caregiver; Child Care Worker; Child Caregiver; Childcare Professional; Childcare Provider; Childcare Worker; Daycare Teacher; Daycare Worker; Family Manager; Household Manager; Infant Teacher; Nanny; Toddler Teacher

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 4,651

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

Common Job Titles1: Apprise Counselor; Assistant Director of Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Chief Program Officer; Community Health Outreach Worker; Community Health Program Coordinator; Community Health Program Representative (Community Health Program Rep); Community Health Promoter; Community Health Worker (CHW); Community Nutrition Educator; HIV CTS Specialist (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling and Testing Services Specialist)

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 248

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

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 Employment (2029): 870

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

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 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.