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Human Services Technology

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Human Services Technology (HST) program will prepare you to work in a variety of settings while helping others lead more satisfying, autonomous and productive lives.

The program emphasizes experiential learning and offers liberal arts education, human service courses and specialty courses through a combination of classroom, online, laboratory and work-based training.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Human Services Technology — Associate in Applied Science
  • Human Services Technology — Diploma

Careers

Employment opportunities include positions in:

  • Mental health
  • Childcare
  • Family and social services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Correction and educational agencies

You may also choose to continue your education through a variety of transfer programs at other colleges and universities.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

National Service for Human Services

Resources

Handbook

Admission Fact Sheet

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
none 0 – 1 0 – 2 n/a 1 – 2 1
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
(or CIS 110)
Prerequisites for CIS 111: none 1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisites: ENG 080 and RED 080, or ENG 085, or DRE 097, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HSE 110 Introduction to Human Services Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098; enrollment in HST program 2 2 n/a 4 3
Total Semester Hours 15 – 17 4 – 6 n/a 20 – 22 18 – 19
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology Prerequisite: PSY 150 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HEA 120 Community Health
(or HEA 110)
Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HSE 112 Group Process I Prerequisite: HSE 110 1 2 n/a 3 2
HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques Prerequisite: HSE 110 2 2 n/a 4 3
Total Semester Hours 15 4 n/a 19 17
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
(or BIO 168 and BIO 169*)
Prerequisites: one unit of high school Biology or BIO 090 or higher, and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 4 2 n/a 6 5
BIO 155 Nutrition Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 276 Patient Education Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting program or HSE 123 1 2 n/a 3 2
SOC 220 Social Problems Prerequisite: SOC 210 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HSE 125 Counseling Prerequisites: HSE 110 and PSY 150 2 2 n/a 4 3
HSE 210 Human Services Issues Prerequisite: HSE 110 2 n/a n/a 2 2
Total Semester Hours 15 6 n/a 21 18
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OST 149 Medical Legal Issues none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Humanities Elective
(PHI 240 preferred)
Prerequisites: varies 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HSE 225 Crisis Intervention Prerequisites: HSE 110 and PSY 150 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Select one option from below:
Option one —
HEA 112 First Aid and CPR and WBL 110 World of Work and WBL 112 Work-Based Learning I
Prerequisites for WBL experience: must have completed through HST 125 and HST 210 with a “C” or higher 1 – 1 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 0 – 0 – 20
Work
3 – 1 – 20 5
Option two* —
SOC 225 Social Diversity and PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisites: SOC 210 and PSY 150 3 – 3 n/a n/a 3 – 3 6
Total Semester Hours 11 – 15 0 – 2 0 – 20 15 – 33 14 – 15
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 67 – 69
First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 (or ACA 122) 
College Student Success
none 1 0 1 1
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
(or CIS 110)
none 1 2 3 2
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement 3 0 3 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisites: ENG 080 and RED 080 or ENG 085 or DRE 097 or appropriate placement 3 0 3 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement 3 0 3 3
HSE 110 Introduction to Human Services Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement; enrollment in HST program 2 2 4 3
Total Semester Hours 13 4 17 15
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
(or BIO 168 and 169)
Prerequisites: one unit of high school Biology or BIO 090 or higher, and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or 099, or appropriate placement 4 2 6 5
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology Prerequisite: PSY 150 3 0 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 0 3 3
HSE 112 Group Process I Prerequisite: HSE 110 1 2 3 2
HSE 210 Human Services Issues Prerequisite: HSE 110 2 0 2 2
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 16 4 20 18
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours Grade Semester
HEA 110 Personal Health/Wellness Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement 3 0 3 3
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology Prerequisites: ENG 090/RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement 3 0 3 3
ENG 112 Writing Research in Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 9 0 9 9
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 42