Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Program
The AAS degree program in human services is designed to prepare students for employment in social service agencies, mental health centers, correctional institutions, substance abuse treatment facilities, community health education organizations, and many other settings in helping professions where ethical and effective client interactions are essential. (Click the image at left for a complete overview. Note: Viewing requires the installation of the Adobe Reader plug-in for your browser, available free from Adobe.)
Human Services Practicum courses offer opportunities for "real life" applications of theoretical concepts and for skills development through job shadowing and community field experiences. Coursework may be used as electives, or for continuing education by students or professionals in areas such as education, social work, substance abuse treatment, counseling, nursing, radiology, emergency medical care, and business.
A Certificate of Achievement in Substance Abuse Counselor Training and a Certificate of Achievement in Human Services may also be earned while completing requirements for the AAS degree in human services, as these three programs share a common core of courses.
Entry-level human services courses have no prerequisites or program entry requirements. Students choose to begin at any time by registering for classes. However, an accepted application is required prior to beginning each of the practicum courses. Academic advising prior to starting any course of study is highly encouraged. Much of the coursework may be completed online, through interactive video, and/or by independent study on a case-by-case basis.
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Human Services Program Summary
The Human Services Program at Great Basin College was established through a three year Rural Health Outreach Grant (#D04RH06803) in 2008. Now in its fifth year of existence, the program has exhibited significant growth as shown in the data below. In 2010 the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselor Training was added to the existing Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and the Human Services Certificate programs.
- Students enrolled in Human Services courses:
- 2008-2009: 79
- 2013-2014: 150+
- Declared majors 2013-2014:
- Human Services Certificate: 7
- Human Services AAS: 35
- Human Services, Substance Abuse Certificate: 8
- Number of graduates since program inception:
- Human Services Certificate: 6
- Human Services AAS: 7
- Human Services, Substance Abuse Certificate: 5
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