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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science | HUMN.SERV.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 44.0000
Visit Marlboro Hall, Room 2054 or call 301-546-0526 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Human Services Program provides students with training in both theory and practice required to work in the broad and growing field of human services, which includes assisting professionals in social work, mental health, counseling, rehabilitation, nursing, and gerontology. Two structured internships give students direct experience in applied work settings. After completing this program, students will be qualified to work as paraprofessionals helping people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, chemical dependency, physical limitations, and other challenges. Students also may choose to continue their education by entering bachelor’s degree programs in human services or social work.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Human Services A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in human services
  • Interact professionally with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Apply human services principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Use appropriate computer technology to complete relevant projects and assignments
  • Demonstrate social responsibility, civic engagement, and advocacy through participation in community and human service organizations and activities
  • Describe the process of screening, examining, evaluating, and diagnosing individuals with impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, physical dysfunction, and health and explain the importance and function of each step in the process
  • Describe ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education and apply them to hypothetical situations

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Human Services A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not  include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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For help selecting an academic program or courses, consider using Career Coach, available at www.pgcc.edu/go/careercoach.

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