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Associate of Applied Science - Human Services

Associate of Applied Science
Tidewater Community College

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Human Services is designed to provide the education and training necessary for entry-level employment and career advancement in human and social services. Students obtain education and training in observation, intake and interviewing, implementing treatment plans, problem-solving, crisis intervention, case management, and referral procedures.

Graduates may seek employment as human services workers, case management aides, social work assistants, community support workers, mental health aides, community outreach workers, life skills counselors, or gerontology aides. These positions typically work under the direction of individuals in fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy, and social work.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
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Delivery Mode
In-Person
Delivery Mode
Online
Delivery Mode
Hybrid
Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Yes, if you:
  • are organized
  • have good communication skills
  • enjoy working with people in difficult situations
Program Requirement Notes
Program Requirement Notes

Approved Human Services Electives: ADJ 232 - Domestic Violence CHD 210 - Introduction to Exceptional Children HMS 226 - Helping Across Cultures HMS 227 - The Helper as a Change Agent HMS 236 - Gerontology PSY 215 - Abnormal Psychology PSY 255 - Psychological Aspects of Criminal Behavior SOC 215 - Sociology of the Family

What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Tidewater Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
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Program Successes & Highlights TCC had 36 graduates in 2020-21, 29 graduates in 2019-20, 43 graduates in 2018-19, 46 graduates in 2017-18, and 62 graduates in 2016-17 in the AAS program in Human Services.
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion The student development requirement at TCC is waived for students who have completed an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. All other coursework is evaluated and transferred as applicable to your degree.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning TCC recognizes you have a wealth of skills and knowledge gained through life, work and community-based experiences. Credit for Prior Learning at TCC is academic credit awarded to students who successfully demonstrate college or university-level learning achieved through informal or experiential learning outside of the classroom. You can have your learning evaluated for academic credit, saving you time and money towards earning your degree.

For more information: https://help.tcc.edu/s/topic/0TO1R000000gnrkWAA/credit-for-prior-learning

Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Tidewater Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
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Transfer Admission Application
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Transfer Student Aid
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Number of Transfer Students
3337
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? At TCC, we believe everyone should have access to a high quality, affordable education. With diverse programs designed for immediate job placement, smaller class sizes, top-rated faculty and modern campuses, TCC is an ideal environment for a life changing education, right here in your own backyard.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined when an academic plan is selected by the student.
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of attendance.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Completing the first two years of your degree at TCC can get you in the door - while saving you thousands on the cost of your education. We recommend that you start your transfer planning during your first semester at TCC. In addition to your regular academic advising, you should review the TCC guaranteed admissions agreements and the transfer guides for the college or university to which you would like to transfer.

https://help.tcc.edu/s/article/Guaranteed-Transfer-Programs.

Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
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Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Psychology/Social WorkAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
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Radford UniversityBSW in Social WorkBachelorBachelor of Social Work4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Arts Social WorkBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Social Work, Major in Social WorkBachelorBachelor of Social Work4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversitySocial Work, Bachelor of Social WorkBachelorBachelor of Social Work4-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLiberal Arts, A.A.AssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeGeneral Studies, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Arts and SciencesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts - American Sign Language/Deaf Studies SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
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Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
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Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeGeneral StudiesĀ AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeLiberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeLiberal Arts Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeGeneral Studies Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services - CriminologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityHuman Services-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mental Health DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science in Substance AbuseAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Human Services-Early Childhood Development Specialization AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
21-1014.00Mental Health CounselorsCounsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1011.00Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder CounselorsCounsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.Community and Social Service Occupations
11-9151.00Social and Community Service ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.Management Occupations
21-1022.00Healthcare Social WorkersProvide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1023.00Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social WorkersAssess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.Community and Social Service Occupations
25-1113.00Social Work Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
21-1094.00Community Health WorkersPromote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1091.00Health Education SpecialistsProvide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.Community and Social Service Occupations
31-1133.00Psychiatric AidesAssist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.Healthcare Support Occupations
29-2053.00Psychiatric TechniciansCare for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
21-1099.00Community and Social Service Specialists, All OtherAll community and social service specialists not listed separately.Community and Social Service Occupations
43-4061.00Eligibility Interviewers, Government ProgramsDetermine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing.Office and Administrative Support Occupations
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
21-1021.00Child, Family, and School Social WorkersProvide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1019.00Counselors, All OtherAll counselors not listed separately.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1013.00Marriage and Family TherapistsDiagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1092.00Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment SpecialistsProvide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.Community and Social Service Occupations
21-1029.00Social Workers, All OtherAll social workers not listed separately.Community and Social Service Occupations