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Courses & Requirements

This associate in science degree program in Human Services is designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles, theories and skills needed to provide services as a Human Service Practitioner. Graduates have the essential skills to work in a range of settings with both adults and children with mental illness, developmental disability and/or substance abuse. The program prepares graduates to promote and respect the dignity of all individuals and to be sensitive to cultural diversity. Supervised clinical experiences are integral to the program and afford opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional. The program contains the National Community Support Skill Standards and is accredited by the Council for Standard in Human Service Education. A minimum of 63 credit hours are required for graduation.

Courses with an “HUS” prefix are generally restricted to students enrolled in the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate,the Community Support Human Services Practitioner Certificate, the Direct Support Certificate or the Human Services Associate Degree. HUS 101, the introductory course, is open to any NECC student who meets the proficiency requirements. HUS 171, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, is open to students with a major in criminal justice, as well as those students in the human services programs. Any requests for exceptions to this policy need to be addressed to the course instructor or Program Coordinator.

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all HUS courses in order to graduate.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Enrollment Services will provide additional admissions criteria for this program. All admission criteria is available on the NECC website (PDF).


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/CHRI/SORI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for their careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.


Courses Credits Comments
ART100 Introduction to the Creative Experience 3  
BIO101 Human Biology 3/4 Transferring students may need to also take BIO102 lab
BIO111 Introductory Biology I 4  
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
GOV101 American Government & Politics 3  
HUS101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS103 Community Resources and Client Population 3 Prerequisite, Corequisites
HUS170 Modalities of Treatment 3 Prerequisite
HUS190 Human Services Practicum I
HUS191 HUS Practicum I in Alcohol/Drug Services
4 CORI/SORI/CHRI, Prerequisite
HUS201 Group Dynamics 3 Prerequisite
HUS202 Behavior Management Principles & Techniques 3 Prerequisite
HUS250 Seminar in Human Services 3 Prerequisite, Co-requisite
HUS291 Human Services Practicum II
HUS192 HUS Practicum II in Alcohol/Drug Services
4 CORI/SORI/CHRI, Prerequisite
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
PSY207 Abnormal Psychology 3 Prerequisite
Courses Credits Comments
Computer Elective 3 CIS101 or higher
Sociology Elective 3  
Program Elective 3 ANT101, GEO101, GOV102, HIS121, HIS122, LIT271, LIT272, SPN111, SPN112, SPN201 or any other course approved as Global Awareness Intensive.
Free Electives 6 Those students intending to transfer to a 4-year program will benefit from speaking to an academic advisor in regard to elective choices.