Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization AAS
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
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Human services is a rapidly growing career area with a broad range of applications. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of mental health and social services fields. Students will be able to function effectively in therapeutic, medical, residential and rehabilitative settings. This specialization is intended for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Program Requirements and Special Conditions
Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.
|Required Courses||CR.||Pre-requisite Courses||Approved Course Substitutions|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3||See Placement Test Scores|
|Mathematics/Science Elective||3||See placement test scores||MTH 120, MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170, See Note 12|
|SDV 100 College Success Skills||1|
|HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services||3||See Notes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 18|
|BIO 101 General Biology I||4||See Note 11|
|Foreign Language 101 course||4||See Notes 14 and 15|
|ENG 112 College Composition II||3||See Placement Test Scores|
|General Elective||3||See Note 10|
|Health/Physical Education Elective||2|
|HMS 251 Substance Abuse I||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||See Note 8|
|Mathematics/Science Elective||3-4||See Note 12|
|MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I||3||HMS 100||See Notes 1, 5, 13 17, 18|
|MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II||3||MEN 101||See Notes 1, 5, 12, 13, 17, 18|
|MEN 190 Coordinated Practice||3||HMS 102, MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites||MEN 290. See Notes 1, 5, 9, 10, and 14|
|MEN 196 On-Site Training||3||MEN 102, MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites||MEN 296. See Notes 1, 5, 9, 10, and 14|
|PHI Ethics||3||See Note 16|
|PSY 200 Principles of Applied Psychology||3|
|PSY 230 Developmental Psychology||3||PSY 200|
|Social Science Elective||3||See Note 9|
|SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology I||3|
|SOC 200 Principles of Sociology||3||SOC 201, SOC 202|
|Total Minimum Credits to Complete||65-66|
- Students planning to transfer to VCU School of Social Work or VSU Department of Social Work must maintain a grade of “B” or better in the following HMS/MEN core sequence courses: HMS 100, MEN 101, MEN 102, MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and MEN 296. All other students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the following core sequence courses in order to remain in the Human Services program: HMS 100, MEN 101, MEN 102, MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and MEN 296.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU or VSU must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better to transfer to their respective BSW programs.
- It is strongly recommended that students complete all developmental coursework in English before enrolling in HMS 100.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work or VSU Department of Social Work Program must enroll in a Social Work designated section of HMS 100 and earn a minimum grade of “B”.
- Students planning to transfer to VCU School of Social Work or VSU Department of Social Work programs must follow the HMS/MEN core sequence and complete HMS 100 prior to enrolling into MEN 101 and complete HMS 100, and MEN 101 prior to enrolling in MEN 102. In addition, MEN 102 should be completed prior to enrolling into MEN 190 and MEN 196.
- Students who are not planning to transfer to VCU or VSU may take MEN 198 in place of MEN 102.
- The coordinated practice courses, MEN 190 and MEN 196, are co-requisites and must be taken in the same semester. Students, (under professional supervision) engage in practical hands-on training consisting of 100 hours in outside agencies. All coordinated practice placements must be pre-approved by the course instructor and Program Head. Students are expected to interview for and be accepted into a practicum prior to the first day of their MEN 190 and MEN 196 classes. Students completing a coordinated practice in human services may be subjected to criminal background checks as well as, sex offender registry checks and/or a TB screening or other health tests as a condition of their placement into training sites. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. Background checks may also be required as a condition of employment. Students must be 18 years or older to complete an internship. Students who are not yet 18 years of age or who are convicted felons or are on the sex offender registry in any state may not be able to secure training sites/practicums. This in turn, will prevent them from completing the requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work will require one of the following courses: Art History (Art 101, 102, 103, 104, or 150), any course in Religious Studies (REL), any course designated English Literature, or any course in Philosophy (excluding ethics PHI, which is already part of curriculum. Students planning to transfer to VSU must take an English Literature course. All other students can satisfy the humanities elective requirement by completing literature (ENG), foreign language, humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI), Art (ART), music (MUS), speech courses addressing performing arts and the history of theatre (CST), or religion (REL) courses. ENG 112, #CST 100, CST 105 and CST 115 may not be used to satisfy humanities elective requirements.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must take an ECO, HIS, or PLS course for transfer. Students planning to transfer to VSU Department of Social Work must take a history elective. All other students can consider the following social science electives with these prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC. It is recommended that students select electives with the assistance of their faculty advisors.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work must take ENG 210 Advanced Composition as a general elective. Students planning to transfer to the VSU Department of Social Work must take CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking as a general elective. All other students can select a general elective with the assistance of their faculty advisors.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU may take BIO 141 or BIO 142 in place of BIO 101 and BIO 102, as students going to the VCU School of Social Work are required to have two Human Biology Sciences as noted above. Students planning to transfer to VCU School of Social Work program must complete a second Human Biology lab science elective course. While students who plan to transfer to VSU Department of Social Work must take one Human Biology lab science, BIO 101. In addition, students planning to transfer to VSU Department of Social Work are required to complete MTH 240, a statistics course as a requirement for admission and do not need a second lab science course.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work or VSU Department of Social Work must take MTH 158, MTH 163 or MTH 170 for transfer. For the second math/science electives, please note: VCU requires students to complete a second science course, for example BIO 102 or BIO 141 or BIO 142. However, VSU requires their incoming students to take a math- statistics 240, in place of a second science course. Students who are not planning to transfer to VCU or VSU can fulfill the Math/Science elective requirement by completing MTH 120, MTH 158, MTH 163 or MTH 170 or BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, PHY 101 or PHY 102.
- Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
- Students should consult with their faculty advisors about appropriate language courses. Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social work must take a foreign language. Sign Language is an acceptable elective for VCU. Students who plan to transfer to VSU Department of Social Work may take a global studies course in place of a foreign language. Some of the Global Studies courses include courses such as: Survey of African-American Literature, Mythology, World Geography, World History, History of Music, or Political Science International Relations.
- All students including transfer students who complete Sign Language as their language requirement, and all students who plan to transfer to VSU and take a three credit Global Studies course, will need to take an additional one credit course to fulfill the missing fourth credit requirement for language and for graduation.
- All students may choose one course from the following PHI Ethics options: PHI 220, 225, or 226.
- Students who plan to transfer to VCU School of Social Work or VSU Department of Social Work must complete a Letter of Interest after successfully completing 15 credits toward the Pre-Social Work Specialization Degree at John Tyler Community College and send it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at VCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions or VSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- This Specialization is in part for Human Services students and for students who plan to transfer to the *School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University or the Virginia State University Department of Social Work. Students who are interested in completing bachelor’s degrees in social work at other four-year colleges and universities should confer with their faculty advisors before pursuing this program.
- Students planning to transfer to VSU must complete a 3 credit, SOWK 260: History of Social Welfare (1600 to the present) course as a prerequisite to admission into the Department of Social Work at VSU. VSU will be offering this course so that incoming students can complete it prior to their first semester in the VSU, Department of Social Work program.
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