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A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Education and Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: HC01
CIP Code: 51.1502
NYSED Code (BRI): 42524
NYSED Code (DCC): 42523

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50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This career-focused program is designed to prepare students to work in the field of hospital and community-based mental health settings, providing direct support to people receiving mental health support and services. It will prepare students to work in the field of mental health services, specifically in specialized roles that require an associate's degree. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively support people with mental health needs and to communicate with colleagues in relation to the treatment of their clients through applicable course work and field experiences. The program will prepare students for various responsibilities in settings that provide mental health services through applied educational and experiential opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes
Describe symptoms of frequently encountered behavioral health disorders.
Implement and contribute to the formation of treatment plans.
Communicate patient/client behaviors, symptoms, and needs to treatment team.
Demonstrate appropriate helping skills for mental health settings.
Articulate basic concepts for therapeutic interaction with clients/patients in behavioral health settings.
Articulate an understanding of the role and boundaries of mental health service providers.
Analyze ethical, value, and legal requirements associated with mental health treatment.
Describe responses sensitive to members of various cultural, sexual, and religious groups.

Employment Potential
For related jobs: Career Coach
Occupational Resource:

Requirements for Program Entrance
Upon admission to MCC, students should be directly admitted to this program. This allows our department to identify and track students from their entry, allowing us to more accurately advise them early-on for program requirements.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUM 101 – Introduction to Human Services 4
HUM 111 – Field Work in Human Services I2
SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology3
ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition3
HUM 230 Individualized Planning and Documentation for Disability Support Services OR HUM 235 Supporting and Communicating with People with Significant Disabilities OR CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUM 102 Basic Helping Skills4
HUM 112 Field Work in Human Services II2
HED 130 Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness OR HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health OR HED 207 Emotional Wellness OR HED 209 Drugs and Behavior OR HED 210 Integrative Health and Wellness OR HED 212 Women’s Health and Wellness OR PEC 250 Fitness and Wellness3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR Higher SUNY-M3
HUM 210 Disability Across the Lifespan Strategies for the Human Services Worker OR HEG 211 Black Women’s Mental Health and Wellness OR SOC 102 Social Problems3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUM 201 Models of Helping4
HUM 211 Field Work in Human Services III2
ACD 140 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Human Service Worker3
PHL 250 Professional Ethics3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science3
Total 15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUM 218 Working with Trauma Informed Care Skills 3
HUM 217 Skills for Mental Health Services3
SPC 144 Communication and Crisis3
PSY 206 Adult Psychopathology3
HEG 215 Global Health and Culture OR PSY 225 Multicultural Psychology OR HED 115 Death and Dying3

For students interested in earning the Multicultural Diversity – World Health Perspective Micro-Credential, take HEG 211 in Semester 2, HEG 215 in Semester 4, and discuss adding on HEG 200-Multicultural and Diversity Influences in Health and Wellness in addition to the program requirements with your advisor.
Grade of C- or higher is required in HUM 101, HUM 111, HUM 102 and HUM 112 and C or higher in PSY 101