The Associate in Science Degree program in Human Services prepares students to work with individuals who are consumers of the human services delivery system, providing them with direct services and linking them with other community services and resources.
Graduates of the Human Services program may be employed in human services agencies which deal with developmental disabilities, mental health, residential treatment, hospice care, abuse prevention and substance abuse. Graduates will be prepared for employment in positions such as service coordinator, group home manager, job coach, vocational instructor and trainer, residential living counselor, community living instructor, program manager, site supervisor, supported or independent living specialist coordinator, and family support coordinator.
The job market for human service workers has experienced tremendous growth during the past twenty years, concurrent with the expansion of community based mental health and developmental disabilities programs for the elderly, the disabled and families in crises. Locally, employment growth in Hillsborough County is projected to be the fourth highest of all ten counties in New Hampshire. One of the fastest growing occupations in NH includes social and human service assistants, projected to increase by 43.4% over the next ten years. Entry level salaries with an associate degree can range from $27,000 to $35,000 with opportunities for overtime, tuition reimbursement and insurance coverage.
Transfer Agreements: Graduates wishing to pursue their bachelor's degree can benefit from our transfer agreements with Granite State College, Rivier College, and Springfield College of Human Services. Students may enroll into one of these programs after transferring credits earned at Nashua Community College.
All candidates are required to have a personal interview with a department faculty member. The College also offers a Certificate program in Human Services, providing students with the major courses required for entry level position, as well as providing them with an entry point for the continuation of studies. All Certificate courses have been incorporated into the first year of the Degree program.
Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs. Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Chair to discuss their individual issues. Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
- Sufficient verbal skills and language to collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g. questioning;
- Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.
- Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
- Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short- and long-term periods of time
- Abiltiy to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
- Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
- Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
- Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
- Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community;
- Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department's ethical guidelines.
A State Police criminal check is the responsibility of students and may be required for clinical fieldwork and/or employment upon request of an agency.
Applicants who have had difficulty with the law depending on the nature of the problem may not be employable or even eligible for fieldwork. Applicants need to discuss these matters in an interview with the Department Chair to determine future direction.
Human Services/Community Social Services Scholarship
The NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services through a cooperative agreement with the Community College System of NH (CCSNH), offers grants to students as tuition reimbursement towards a Community Social Services/Human Services Certificate at some of NH’s community college. The grants are available to any employee, family member or individual affiliated with one of ten area agencies and their vendors. Applications are available at any of the community colleges, and the students must have the support of an area agency representative.
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES
|FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER|
|BCPT101N||Computer Technology and Applications||2||2||3|
|PSYC101N||Introduction to Psychology||3||0||3|
|HSV111N||Introduction to Human Services||3||0||3|
|PSYC206N||Learning and Behavior||3||0||3|
|HSV123N||Supportive Communication Skills||3||0||3|
|General Education Core: Behavioral Social Science||3||0||3|
|MATH103N||Topics in Applied College Mathematics OR|
|General Education Core: Quantitative Literacy*||3/4||0||3/4|
|SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER|
|ENGL102N||Writing About Literature OR|
|ENGL103N||Professional Writing and Presentations||3||0||3|
|PSYC212N||Individual Counseling: Theory and Practice||3||0||3|
|PSYC240N||Alcohol and Drugs||3||0||3|
|HSV290N||Fieldwork II OR Open Elective||1||8||3|
|General Education Core: Science (lab recommended)||3||0/2||3/4|
|General Education Core: Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness*||3||0||3|
|PSYC222N||Group Dynamics and Counseling||3||0||3|
|General Education Core: History/Political Science||3||0||3|
Total 65-66 Credits
Recommendations for Open Electives include Research Methods, Human Growth and Development, and Social Psychology.
Suggested open electives may include Intro to Social Work, Research Methods or another Psychology elective. Dropping from a required program course may mean that the student will be out of sequence in program course offerings which may delay graduation. Students who begin the program in the spring semester or who need developmental course support should recognize that it may take longer to complete the program. Individuals must recognize that to be successful in the Human Services field, they should be emotionally stable, creative and flexible.
Upon the completion of the degree in Human Services, graduates will be able to:
- Communicate effectively, including speaking, writing, and listening in order to express, transmit and interpret knowledge and ideas.
- Research and plan in order to search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.
- Use interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people, such as empathy, genuineness, self-awareness, patience etc.
- Be competent in formal/informal assessment practices in order to understand the needs and interests of the participant.
- Be competent in defining, discussing and performing the five basic case management functions: assessment, planning,linking, monitoring and advocacy.
- Identify both personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and engage in appropriate self-development activities.
- Describe roles of the various human service professionals in providing services.
- Summarize the history of human services in America and identify important persons and movements
- Conduct both directed and non-directed interviews for the purposes of obtaining personal historical information, determining eligibility for services and conducting a mental status evaluation.
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles and apply them to professional practice.
- Knowledgeable of the requirements for documentation in the organization and be able to manage these requirements efficiently.
- Understand theoretical bases for different interventions as well as to initiate, develop and terminate interventions in a manner that enables continuous client growth.