Human Services

Some learn by doing – our human services students learn by serving.

From your first semester as a human services A.A.S. student at Monroe Community College, you’ll have exciting opportunities to gain field experience through a wide variety of community organizations.

You’ll graduate prepared to begin your career and specialize in any number of human services paraprofessional careers, with a job title such as:

  • Home health aide
  • Community health worker
  • Certified nurse’s assistant
  • Residential associate/aide
  • Counselor
  • Youth worker
  • Immigration assistant
  • Service coordinator

This fast-growing program is taught at our downtown campus by professors with real-world experience who are dedicated to your success.

Work in the Field to Discover Who You Would Like to Serve

The human services A.A.S. program at MCC prepares students for paraprofessional employment in agencies, schools and centers. It provides a unique combination of college course work and human services field experience valued by employers.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be ready to assist professionals in all kinds of organizations where people help people. These include:

  • Community and social welfare agencies
  • Mental health and social service agencies
  • Community organizations
  • Habilitation and rehabilitation agencies
  • Day care centers and nursery schools
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Geriatric service centers

You may start your career at one of these employers:

  • ARC of Monroe
  • East House
  • Easter Seals
  • Community Place of Greater Rochester
  • Fairport Baptist Home
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • Lifetime AssistanceMonroe County Department of Human Services
  • Rochester General or Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Greater Rochester YMCA

The human services A.A.S. program is flexible – you may choose courses that are most appropriate to your interests and career goals. You may also wish to transfer to a four-year program, or study further at MCC, in our addictions counseling or direct disabilities support services certificate program.

To find out more about the human services A.A.S. from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


HUMAN SERVICES

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

CIP Code: 44.0000
MCC Program Code: HU01
NYSED Code (DCC): 01249

Description
This program prepares students for employment in agencies, schools and centers that value paraprofessionals who bring to the job a combination of college course work and human services field experience.
Human Services graduates assist professionals in all kinds of positions where people help people. These include community and social welfare agencies, mental health and social service agencies, community organizations, habilitation and rehabilitation agencies, day care centers and nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, and geriatric services.
The A.A.S. program is flexible so that the students may choose the courses that are most appropriate to their interests and career goals.
Students must be qualified (by Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for HUM 101 and HUM 111. There is an extended option for students taking Transitional Studies courses in reading/writing.
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required in all HUM courses to graduate from the program.
(Housed in the Human Services Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Identify generic helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
2) Demonstrate as appropriate the helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
3) Assess when the various applications of the Human Services helping skills are used effectively in an agency setting.
4) Apply good judgment and professionalism as supported in the “Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals” in areas similar to but not necessarily: basic client rights to privacy effective treatment or ethical issues.
5) Document behaviors accurately in cogently written statements.
6) Develop an action-oriented Human Services assessment.
7) Conduct a thorough study of a community agency (including mission statement agency history organizational structure and funding).
8) Define the various roles of a Human Services worker in providing services to clients in community agencies.

Employment Potential
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Occupational Resource: http://www.onetonline.org

Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC). Placement in English 101.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services **AND 4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I** 2
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE*3
Total17
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
HUM 102 Basic Helping Skills*** AND 4
HUM 112 Field Work in Human Services II*** 2
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE*6
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE* 6
HUM 201 Models of Helping**** AND 4
HUM 211 Field Work in Human Services III**** 2
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMAN SERVICES ELECTIVE****3
HUMAN SERVICES ELECTIVE****3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE*6
ELECTIVE3
Total15
TOTAL CREDITS62

For transfer to SUNY College, choose courses approved as meeting SUNY General Education Requirements.
* Recommended Courses: PSY 101, SOC 101
** Program requirements are a passing grade of C- or higher.
*** HUM 106, 116 can be substituted for HUM 102,112 or HUM 201,211.
****Select 2 of the following electives totaling 6 credits: Any ACD, ECE courses and HUM electives with the exception of HUM 100
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