May 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services

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The Human Services (HSERV) program prepares students for employment in a broad range of social service agencies. Typical job titles include substance use disorder treatment professionals, residential treatment workers, case managers, out-reach and community workers. The program has a core of courses that all students must complete for the Associate in Applied Science Degree, AAS  with either a Generalist or Substance Use Disorder Counseling emphasis. By their second quarter, students determine which HSERV emphasis they will pursue. Students must enroll in HSERV 198 - Pre-Practicum Seminar  which prepares students for practicum (work-based experience) in an agency. After a student’s first quarter, the HSERV full-time faculty will serve as the students’ advisors.

The Human Services program includes classroom training in interpersonal communications, counseling, ethics, case management, substance abuse treatment and crisis intervention. An agency-based practicum experience is also required. Many courses are offered sequentially and students are expected to take courses in sequence.

Students interested in transferring to a four-year college should see a counselor or their Human Services advisor for assistance in program planning. Please note this is a Professional/Technical program and does not offer a standard transfer degree. For information on articulation agreements with university programs, see the Associate in Applied Science degree information below. The department chair’s phone number is 360.416.7704. Returning students who have already earned college degrees and who are interested in taking coursework necessary to become a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUD), please contact Bob Malphrus at: 360.416.7704.

Learning Outcomes:

General Education Learning Outcomes  

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Human Services program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and treatment of addiction and psychopathology.
  • Demonstarte capability in case management tasks.
  • Effectively work with consumers using ethical practices.

Program Admissions:

Please apply at Enrollment Services . Students may enter the program at the beginning of any quarter, and advanced standing may be requested for some courses. All students entering the Human Services program must take the college placement test. This can be arranged by contacting Enrollment Services.

Specialized Program Information:

Work-Based Learning

Students will integrate their classroom learning with work-based learning by completing a total of 12 credits (360 work hours) of supervised practicum work. Students enrolled in Practicum (HSERV 199 ) must enroll concurrently in the Practicum Seminar (HSERV 200 ). Each practicum requires permission of the Department Chairs. Credits and grades in HSERV 199  are based on job hours worked, work experience, a site visit, completion of learning objectives, meeting time lines for all paperwork, satisfactory completion of a work journal, and quality of all grading criteria.

Students enrolling in Practicum (HSERV 199 ) may be required by agencies to apply for registration with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as counselor trainees. Such registration includes filling out a disclosure statement and may include a criminal background check. Students may submit this application while enrolled in HSERV 198 . Passing HSERV 101  and HSERV 198  with grades of C or better is a prerequisite for enrollment in Practicum.

Degree and Certificate Options:

An Associate in Applied Science Degree, AAS  is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits of specified technical and related education coursework above 100-level with both an overall 2.0 grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical major. The Human Services-Generalist Emphasis, AAS currently requires completion of 93 credits, and the Human Services-SUD Emphasis, AAS requires completion of 99 credits. For those students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree after completion of an AAS degree, the Human Services program has transfer agreements with Fairhaven College and Trinity Western University in Bellingham, and Evergreen State College in Olympia. 


    Associate Degrees: Workforce

    Intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment.


    Approximately one-year long, certificates are intended to provide students with specialized training and skills.

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