Human Services
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Human Services trains students to provide general helping, supportive and preventive services for people with emotional, developmental, social or physical challenges. Students develop skills in counseling, crisis intervention, group work and case management. Students apply these general skills in analyzing specific types of agencies and through internships in the field.

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Applied Human Services
Applied Human Services
Applied Human Services

About the curriculum


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Accreditation & Industry Connections

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After graduation

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for social and human service assistants was $29,230 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,620.The top 10 percent earned more than $46,620.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Individual and Family Services93,090$14.49$30,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities42,870$12.72$26,460
Local Government (OES Designation)38,100$17.56$36,530
State Government (OES Designation)36,220$17.79$36,990
Vocational Rehabilitation Services23,550$13.29$27,650

Statistics reported in May 2013

Internship Requirement

The "field" is a term used to both reference work in a specific human service organization and to describe the dynamic interaction of factors and people that come together in the delivery of human services. For the human services students at Penn College, a field experience is a supervised placement, outside of the Program and typically off campus, in a human service agency, wherein the students have the opportunity to observe and to participate in agency operations, client-staff interactions and interagency/agency-community networks. This experience in the field enables students to integrate their perceptions, beliefs and academic understanding with the experience of functioning as an adjunct to the community service agency that serves as the field placement site. Field placement is consistent with the College values statement:

  • Hands-on Education: We believe the best preparation for a successful career is a learning environment emphasizing applied, real-world instruction. We provide experiential learning in small classes and labs with state of the art equipment, mentored by skilled faculty with business and industry experience.
  • Student-Centered Environment: Our students' best interest is the priority influencing our decision making. As an open enrollment college, believing in the dignity and worth of every individual, we strive to provide a holistic experience that fosters educational, physical, personal, and social development.
  • Business and Industry Partnerships: As an entrepreneurial institution, we develop cooperative relationships with business and industry to ensure our curriculum remains current, encourages lifelong learning, and prepares our graduates to compete successfully in the global marketplace. This provides opportunities for faculty to enhance their skills, students to acquire work-based experiences, the College to receive technology and scholarship support, and the community to benefit from a highly qualified workforce.
  • Community of Respect: Each member of the Penn College community is entitled to and expected to contribute to a collegial and mutually supportive environment. As stewards of this campus environment, we promote collaboration and communication, cultivate an appreciation of our differences, and treat each other with respect.

Field placement challenges human services students to:

  • blend theory with practice,
  • expand their awareness of human diversity and complexity,
  • monitor their own behavior, attitudes and beliefs,
  • contribute to the effort to help others,
  • develop professional skills,
  • interact with professional helpers, human services clients, community stakeholders, fellow students and faculty.

HSR 255: Human Services Internship I is dedicated to placing students in the field for experiential learning opportunities.

Performance Standards

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Transfer Procedures

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Clubs & Activities

  • Human Services Club

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Human Services Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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