The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of social and human service assistants to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Anne Arundel Community College's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program educates and trains students to work as human services paraprofessionals. The human services program offers two degree and three certificate options:
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Human Services Program Options
The human services degree programs offer 300-320 hours of clinical field experience at hospitals, addiction treatment facilities, homeless shelters, residential facilities, schools and county agencies. Graduates can transfer to four-year universities in such fields as social work, counseling, psychology and human services administration.
The A.A.S. degree in Human Services is accredited through the Council for Standards in Human Service Education through October 2016. This accreditation assures that the program meets the required 20 standards. Accreditation allows human service graduates to apply to become a Nationally Certified Human Service Professional through the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS).
The law and social practice option is geared toward students interested in corrections, juvenile justice and rehabilitation counseling.
The human services certificate program is appropriate for students who are already working in the human services field, or would like to test their interest in the field before committing to a degree program.
The direct support option certificate provides knowledge about developmental issues across the lifespan of persons with mild and severe developmental disabilities.
The veterans counseling certificate is designed for counselors, social workers, and other practicing human service professionals seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs and complex issues of military and veteran populations in the United States.
Contact Nicole Williams for more information on any of these programs.
Human Services programs may be designated as Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Programs. This means that some residents of Maryland enrolled in one of these programs of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.