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Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Associate of Applied Science
New River Community College

The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services is designed to prepare highly skilled graduates for employment in a wide variety of human services settings, to update and enrich the capacities of those persons presently employed in the human services field, and to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor degree program in human services, social work, psychology, counseling, sociology, or other related field. Graduates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for professional work in community service agencies and organizations and informed by the National Organization for Human Services.


Program Credit Requirements
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Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
67
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services
67
Course Ar Group 480 Plan
67
Chd 210 Requirement
3
Chd 210 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Edu 156 Requirement
3
Edu 156 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Eng 111 Requirement
3
Eng 111 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Eng 112 Requirement
3
Eng 112 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Hlt 110 Requirement
3
Hlt 110 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Hms 100 Requirement
3
Hms 100 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Hms 121 Requirement
3
Hms 121 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Hms 236 Requirement
3
Hms 236 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Hms 141 Requirement
3
Hms 141 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Hms 290 Requirement
6
Hms 290 Requirement
6
Earn 6 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Human Services Elective
6
Hms Cert Requirement
6
Earn 6 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Mth 132 Requirement
3
Mth 132 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Psy 200 Requirement
3
Psy 200 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Psy 216 Requirement
3
Psy 216 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Soc 200 Requirement
3
Soc 200 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Cst 100 Requirement
3
Cst 100 requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Humanities Elective Requirement
3
Humanities Ele Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Ite 152 Requirement
3
Ite 152 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
SDV 100 Requirement
1
SDV 100 Requirement
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Sociology Elective Requirement
3
Sociology Elective Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Chd 205 Requirement
3
Chd 205 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Residency RG 480 Plan
67
GPA Requirement 480 Plan
0
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Program Overview & Guidance
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? The Human Services program is about people working with people. The program is designed to provide about one-third of its requirements in general education and the remainder in human services related courses. To get the most benefit from the program, students should work closely with their faculty advisor in planning curriculum and their field experiences. The student will spend a minimum of 450 hours working in supervised internships in social service settings, approved by the program head. Application for internship should be made the semester prior to placement. Students should note that agencies may require a criminal background report and/or a child abuse central registry search and/or a TB test as a prerequisite to beginning the internship experience. An agency may deny participation for findings on the reports. Affliliation agreements prevent the placement of a student who is denied internship participation at one facility into an internship agreement at another agency. Inability to meet the internship requirements prevents the student from satisfactorily achieving the course objectives resulting in failure of the course. Students are required to go through an oral interview at the conclusion of the program for assessment purposes.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

  • 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 New River Community College within your first year via College Connect
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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 In determining transfer credit, course work applicable to the program at NRCC will be accepted if the courses were taken at another college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency. Other course work taken at instutions which are appoved by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia may be considered on an individual basis. At least 25% of the credits for a program must be earned at NRCC.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning https://catalog.nr.edu/content.php?catoid=30&navoid=2006#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: New River Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
External Link
Transfer Admission Application
External Link
Transfer Student Aid
External Link
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? New River Community College (NRCC) is a comprehensive community college located in the New River Valley of Virginia which includes Giles, Floyd, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties and the city of Radford. NRCC is part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), a statewide system of community colleges. At NRCC students can prepare for the future with any of the various occupational programs or college transfer courses. With NRCC's wide selection of courses, you can explore your interests, prepare for a career, or increase your job skills. At the same time, at New River you'll find small classes and instructors who care about their students, along with a variety of services to help students, from counseling to career planning. NRCC faculty members are well known not just for their academic background, but also for their capacity to work closely and effectively with students.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.nr.edu/transfer/vccstransferagreements.php
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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Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services - Pre Social Work SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Sciences - Pre-Social Work SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Psychology/Social WorkAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies: Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
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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
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
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
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Arts - Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeGeneral Studies 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
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLiberal Arts, A.A.AssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeGeneral Studies, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in Human ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-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
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
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