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Human Services

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)


Human Services is a rapidly growing career area with a broad range of applications. Graduates will be able to work in the fields of social services, substance abuse, physical disabilities and gerontology. Students will function effectively in a variety of therapeutic and rehabilitative activities.

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 see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3 See Notes 1,2, and 3.
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3  
HMS/MEN Elective 6 See Note 6.
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 MTH 120, MTH 158, MTH 163, MTH 170, BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201. See Note 6.
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 HMS 121. See Notes 1, 3 and 4.
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 See Note 6.
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 230, SOC 268
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 251 Substance Abuse I 3 HMS 258, ADJ 228
Humanities Elective 3 See Notes 6 and 7.
Information Technology Elective 3 See Note 12.
MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II 3 MEN 198, HMS 227 See Notes 1, 4 and 5.
General Electives 6 See Notes 6 and 11.
Total Credits 18  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Social Science Elective 3 See Notes 6, 11 and 13.
Health/Physical Education Elective 2 See Note 8.
MEN 190 Coordinated Practice 3 MEN 290. See Notes 1, 5, 9, 10 and 14.
MEN 196 On-Site Training 3 MEN 296. See Notes 1, 5, 9, 10 and 14.
MEN/HMS Elective 3  
General Elective 3 See Notes 6 and 11.
Total Credits 17  
Total Credits For Program 66  


Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the human services sequence courses (HMS 100, MEN 101, and MEN 102) in order to remain in the program.
  2. Students must complete all developmental coursework before enrolling in HMS 100.
  3. Students must complete HMS 100 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 101.
  4. Students must complete MEN 101 with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in MEN 102.
  5. MEN 102 must be taken prior to enrolling in MEN 190 and MEN 196 or MEN 290 and 296. MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. MEN 290 and MEN 296 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. In these courses, students will complete 100 hours of practical hands-on training. Students will secure their own internship sites prior to the start of their MEN 190 and MEN 196 classes or their MEN 290 and MEN 296 classes. All internships must be approved by the Human Services and Mental Health program chair.
  6. Full and part-time students desiring to transfer to four-year programs should consult with their academic advisors for appropriate mathematics, psychology and general elective courses. In addition, students should consult their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
  7. The humanities elective requirement must be satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceptual or applied with a focus on skills, techniques and procedures. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  8. Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (Child or Adult) can use these to fulfill the two credit HLT/PE elective requirement. The original cards must be presented to the faculty advisor. Students planning to transfer to four-year programs should choose options and substitutions with the assistance of the program head.
  9. Students entering the public or private sectors of human services will be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. Depending on the training/practicum site additional tests may be required. Plan accordingly. This may also be required as a condition of employment.
  10. Students who are convicted felons or are on the sex offender registry in any state will not be able to secure internship sites. This will prevent them from completing requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates.
  11. Students planning to pursue 4-year degrees are encouraged to take a course in history, economics or political science.
  12. Students who have strong computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  13. The social science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
  14. Students who are 18 years of age or younger may not be able to secure an internship.  Should students be unable to secure an internship, they will be unable to complete the requirements of the Human Services degree and therefore be unable to graduate.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services: 804-706-5121 (Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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