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Program Notes

Students are prepared to work as generalists and to address issues related to mental illness, mental retardation, substance abuse, child welfare and homelessness among others. Practicum courses give students the opportunity to gain experience in the field and to integrate that work experience with their academic learning.

Helpful Hints

Students are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator with any questions or concerns about the CORI/SORI/CHRI process. Those with legal issues in their background will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records.

In order to insure the maximum transfer of credits, students who wish to pursue a four-year degree are strongly recommended to consult with the Program Coordinator before selecting any electives.

Recommended Course Sequence
Human Services Associate Degree
Year 1 Fall BIO101, Computer Elective (CIS101 or higher), ENG101, HUS101, HUS103
Spring BIO111, ENG102, HUS170, PSY101, Program Elective
Year 2 Fall GOV101, HUS190 or HUS191, HUS201, PSY207, Free Elective
Spring ART100, HUS202, HUS250, HUS291 or HUS192, and Sociology Elective

After NECC

Graduates of the Human Services Associate degree may directly enter the workforce as a beginning professional or they may transfer to a four year program. We do have transfer agreements with a variety of public and private area colleges and universities. The broad-based skills of this program provide a foundation for a wide range of professional pursuits including social work, guidance counseling, labor negotiations, human resources, vocational, mental health or rehabilitation counseling.

Graduates are also eligible to pursue licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a licensed social work assistant (LSWA) and to apply for the credential of Human Services Board Certified Practitioner offered by the National Organization for Human Services.