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Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Program

The AAS degree program in human services is designed to prepare students for employment in social service agencies, mental health centers, correctional institutions, substance abuse treatment facilities, community health education organizations, and many other settings in helping professions where ethical and effective client interactions are essential.

Human Services Practicum courses offer opportunities for "real life" applications of theoretical concepts and for skills development through job shadowing and community field experiences. Coursework may be used as electives, or for continuing education by students or professionals in areas such as education, social work, substance abuse treatment, counseling, nursing, radiology, emergency medical care, and business.

A Certificate of Achievement in Substance Abuse Counselor Training and a Certificate of Achievement in Human Services may also be earned while completing requirements for the AAS degree in human services, as these three programs share a common core of courses.

Entry-level human services courses have no prerequisites or program entry requirements. Students choose to begin at any time by registering for classes. However, an accepted application is required prior to beginning each of the practicum courses. Academic advising prior to starting any course of study is highly encouraged. Much of the coursework may be completed online, through interactive video, and/or by independent study on a case-by-case basis.

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Human Services Program Summary

The Human Services Program at Great Basin College was established through a three year Rural Health Outreach Grant (#D04RH06803) in 2008. The program has exhibited significant growth as shown in the data below. In 2010 the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselor Training was added to the existing Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and the Human Services Certificate programs.

  • Students enrolled in Human Services courses:

    • 2018-2019: 115

    • 2017-2018: 116

    • 2016-2017: 93

    • 2015-2016: 113

    • 2014-2015: 123

  • Declared majors 2018-2019:

    • Human Services Certificate: 10

    • Human Services AAS: 62

    • Human Services BAS: 12

    • Human Services, Substance Abuse Certificate: 4

  • Number of graduates since program inception:

    • Human Services Certificate: 12 since 2008

    • Human Services AAS: 22 since 2008

    • Human Services, Substance Abuse Certificate: 23 since 2008

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  • Please contact your professional licensing board for approval prior to registering for courses to be used for continuing education credit.

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