Human Services Associate

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Those in the human services field devote their career to helping others. They provide resources, counsel and assistance to individuals in an effort to improve quality of life. In the Human Services Associate program, develop and practice direct client care, treatment, rehabilitation, education and behavioral direction to individuals or groups. Learn behavioral and rehabilitation techniques, individual and group counseling methods, ethics and family systems. Specialize in developmental disabilities, youth counseling or mental health.

Graduates often work in public or private settings including residential treatment centers, mental health programs, juvenile detention centers, group homes, halfway houses, and alcoholism and drug abuse centers. They often work with, and under direction of, social workers, psychologists, counselors and other professionals in order to meet client needs.

  • Prepare for jobs such as adult day care worker, addictions counselor, case worker, residential manager or youth care counselor.
  • More than 30 area practicum sites provide opportunities to apply classroom concepts and gain hands-on experience; a practicum is required in the third and fourth semesters of the program.
  • program-to-program transfer opportunity is available at Cardinal Stritch University, and select credits may transfer to other institutions. For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.
  • Additional short-term certificates, which complement the degree program, can be taken in Developmental Disabilities, Youth Care Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA).
  • Counseling and assessment techniques can be practiced in the WCTC Skills Lab.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $25,000-$43,000
    • Average Salary: $32,209
    • Median Salary: $31,796
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $39,187
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.83
    • Three-year Average Salary: $32,408

Required Courses

Types of Program Delivery

Traditional

In the traditional option, Human Services classes are scheduled during the day or evening and are usually taken on campus in a face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who are available during daytime hours, or those who are able to come to campus several days a week for classes.

Blended Options

In the Blended Options format, programs are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meets during evening hours. This format is designed primarily for working adults with some college experience, or for those who have been employed in the human services industry for years, but do not have their degree. The Blended Options program is a hybrid program, meaning that students spend roughly 50 percent of their time in the classroom and 50 percent of their time in an online classroom environment. Learn how to become a Blended Options student.

Traditional Option

Blended Options

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-100 Introduction to Human Services3  
 520-104 Behavior Management3  
 520-105 Understanding Diversity3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-102 Basic Counsel Skills Practice3  
 520-107 Ethics in Human Service Profes3  
 520-113 Introduction to Mental Health3  
 520-103 Case Managmnt & Documentation3 *
 809-103 Think Critically & Creatively3  
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-106 Group Methods of Intervention3  
 520-110 Practicum I3  
 520-114 Human Service Interventions3  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+*
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-111 Family Systems3  
 520-112 Practicum II3  
 520-115 Psychopharmacology3 *
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Human Services Associate. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Managment of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management66
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Psychology64
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Scencesup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
Springfield CollegeHuman Servicesup to 72 cr
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBchelor of Science in Managementup to 66
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standig

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Human Services instructor, Jason Witt

Jason Witt

Phone: 262.691.5536

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Olivet Nazarene University
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that there is no greater responsibility for an instructor than to prepare students for their career.  I make every effort to design my courses to be experiential, presenting students with realistic situations that they will encounter in the workplace, and teaching them the skills that they will need to be successful professionals."

Program instructor, Julie Rupena-Reynolds

Julie Rupena-Reynolds

Phone: 262.691.5331

Education

  • BSW, Mount Mary College
  • MS, Educational Psychology-Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe the learning process stems from the relationship between the learner and facilitator.  As a Blended Options learner, it is expected that students come with an intrinsic desire to learn and succeed.  As a Blended Options instructor, I will provide an environment that encourages creative, active and collaborative learning."

Program instructor, Lisa Walz

Lisa Walz

Phone: 262.691.5124

Education

  • BA, Mount Mary College
  • MS, Capella University

Certifications

  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP)
  • Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe in a positive and dynamic learning environment that embraces the differences in learners and challenges them in active and collaborative learning through best practice teaching methods."