The mission of the Social and Human Services Program is to provide the highest quality education to future and current Human Service Professionals by providing a learning environment that supports the development of culturally competent, compassionate and accountable professionals. Our program prepares graduates who are dedicated to the autonomy, dignity, and diversity of the people they serve.
Graduates of the Program are prepared to work under the supervision of counselors, social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals. They may work at hospitals, mental health clinics, residential facilities or community service agencies, serving in many roles that make a positive impact in any community. Additionally, graduates can continue on to a bachelor degree program in human services, counseling, social work, psychology, gerontology or other related fields.
Employment in social and human services is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services are expected to drive demand. Employment and wages data for Human Services are published by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics at: www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211093.htm
Many courses in the Social and Human Services Program are available fully online (no classroom attendance) or offered in a blended format (occasional classroom attendance). The Program is an open enrollment degree; upon admittance to the college, no additional application is required. The Program can be completed in 4 semesters or 2 years if the students begin in the Fall semester and attend classes on a full-time basis. Or, students may take longer to complete the degree and attend on a part-time basis.
All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses include General Education (16 credits), Social and Human Services Core (29 credits) and Specialty Track (15 credits) for a total of 60 credits. Students may choose from one of the following specialty tracks:
- Human Services Generalist Track - provides students with a broad foundation for work with diverse populations in a variety of human services environments or supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field human services; students concurrently earn the Human Services Generalist College Credit Certificate
- Addictions Track - provides students with the academic training for work in the field of chemical dependency and substance abuse or supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field of addictions; students concurrently earn the Addiction Services College Credit Certificate.
- Youth Development Track - provides students with the knowledge and skills for working in child, family and youth service occupations in community, school, residential and group environments or supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field of youth services; students concurrently earn the Youth Development Services College Credit Certificate
In the final semester of the program, students will complete a total of 250 hours in a Social and Human Services setting related to their specialty track. HUS 2842L - Counseling Residency I and HUS 2843L - Counseling Residency II will provide an environment and context to integrate the knowledge, theory, skills and behaviors of the profession. During the Residency experiences, students will progress from observation to directly supervised client contact to indirectly supervised client contact.
Please note that some settings may require a criminal background check to include fingerprinting and drug screening. Health history and proof of immunizations may be required. Students may also be required to complete pre-residency trainings or other activities. Students must provide their own transportation to and from their assigned residency sites.
The Social and Human Services Program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and supports the work of the Council in setting national standards for human service education. This distinction allows students to sit for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner Examination (HS-BCPE™) prior to completing the Program. After passing the exam, earning the AS degree in Social and Human Services and obtaining supervised post-graduate human services work experience, students will be eligible to apply for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) credential.
Contact the Center for Credentialing & Education at http://www.cce-global.org/Credentialing/HSBCP or the program advisor for more information.
The Social and Human Services Program is a Florida Certification Board approved provider. Students who complete an AS degree in Social and Human Services (Addictions Track), or the Addiction Services College Credit Certificate (CCC) may meet the training requirements for board certification as a Certified Addiction Counselor with the Florida Certification Board. Students who complete any specialty track of the AS degree in Social and Human Services, the Addiction Services CCC, or the Human Services Generalist CCC may meet the training requirements for board certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist with the Florida Certification Board. Contact the Florida Certification Board at https://flcertificationboard.org/ for more information
Bachelor’s Degree Options
Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a related major (such as Social Work, Behavioral Health Care, Child and Youth Studies, or Psychology) should consult with the program advisor to avoid taking excess credit hours and to assist with transfer to other institutions. There are particular courses that are required for the bachelor’s degree. These courses are outlined in the FloridaShines Common Prerequisites Manuals. Additionally, the Social and Human Services Program has established articulation agreements and Pathways that allow students pursuing the Social and Human Services AS Degree or an Associate of Arts degree with a Social and Human Services College Credit Certificate to transfer directly into Bachelor’s degree programs in related fields. to transfer directly into Bachelor’s degree programs in related fields. Contact the program advisor for more details.
Social and Human Services, AS Degree Program of Study