Human Services - Associate Degree
This program trains people to provide education, support, care, advocacy, and/or crisis intervention in a human service agency. Learners acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups, and communities. Key components of this degree include cultural awareness and an understanding of diverse cultural groups, a responsible attitude, commitment to serve others, and effective communication skills. 9 courses from the Substance Use Disorders Counseling technical diploma may be applied toward this program. For information call (920) 498-5444 or toll free (888) 385-6982.
Follow Your Path
9 courses from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
Substance Abuse Counselor Education, 315501
4 courses from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
Substance Abuse Specialty, 905502
- Online: Some courses include internship hours which must be completed in person at a work site.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Completed application
- To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an admissions advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
- A current criminal background check must be on file before starting internships. A record of specified criminal offenses may bar or restrict an individual from course work involving a clinical/practicum/internship experience licensure and/or future employment in this occupation. If information indicates that you have been convicted of a crime or have charges pending, you must speak with a program faculty member.
What will I learn?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Human Services Associate program in the number of semesters shown.
- Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-520-XXX and 10-550-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" may retake the course.
- Admitted students may be invited to attend the Human Services program orientation; attendance is strongly recommended.
- Internships are required as part of the program. These may be unpaid. Please work with your program faculty to establish Internship 1 and 2 sites. Internships may be during the summer semester.
- Health care facilities participating in internships require students to complete a health history with examination and recommendation from a physical including documentation regarding immunity status for rubella (measles), varicella (chickenpox), and mumps prior to the start of field experiences. Also, a negative PPD (TB skin test) must be documented within the 3 months prior to beginning any field experiences. If a positive PD is noted, the student will need to provide documentation and certification by a licensed physician that he/she is not a health risk to vulnerable third parties.
- The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
- Students must earn a "C" or higher in 10-801-136, English Composition 1.
- It is recommended to complete English Composition 1 during the summer before the first semester.
- For more information, please call 920-498-5444 or 1-800-422-NWTC.
- Model a commitment to cultural competence.
- Uphold the ethical standards and values for human service professionals.
- Demonstrate professionalism.
- Utilize community resources.
- Apply human services interventions and best practices.
- Cultivate professional relationships.
What careers are in my future?
with 50% in field
Source: NWTC 2019 Grad Outcome Survey
Potential Occupations within Health and Human Services to potentially include: youth worker, crisis worker, domestic violence advocate, personal care worker, probation and parole.
What's next after graduation?
Start here. Finish at a four-year.
NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.
What else do I need to know about the program?
Wisconsin Caregiver Law
NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.