Human Services Associate

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Those in the human services field devote their career to helping others. They provide resources, counsel and assistance to individuals in an effort to improve quality of life. In the Human Services Associate program, develop and practice direct client care, treatment, rehabilitation, education and behavioral direction to individuals or groups. Learn behavioral and rehabilitation techniques, individual and group counseling methods, ethics and family systems. Specialize in developmental disabilities, youth counseling or mental health.

Graduates often work in public or private settings including residential treatment centers, mental health programs, juvenile detention centers, group homes, halfway houses, and alcoholism and drug abuse centers. They often work with, and under direction of, social workers, psychologists, counselors and other professionals in order to meet client needs.

  • Prepare for jobs such as adult day care worker, addictions counselor, case worker, residential manager or youth care counselor.
  • More than 30 area practicum sites provide opportunities to apply classroom concepts and gain hands-on experience; a practicum is required in the third and fourth semesters of the program.
  • program-to-program transfer opportunity is available at Cardinal Stritch University, and select credits may transfer to other institutions. For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.
  • Additional short-term certificates, which complement the degree program, can be taken in Developmental Disabilities, Youth Care Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA).
  • Counseling and assessment techniques can be practiced in the WCTC Skills Lab.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $25,000-$43,000
    • Average Salary: $32,209
    • Median Salary: $31,796
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $39,187
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.83
    • Three-year Average Salary: $32,408

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Blended Options

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-100 Introduction to Human Services3  
 520-102 Basic Counsel Skills Practice3  
 520-113 Introduction to Mental Health3  
 520-121 Human Service Populations3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-104 Behavior Management3  
 520-106 Group Process and Practice3  
 520-107 Ethics in Human Service Profes3  
 520-103 Case Managmnt & Documentation3 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-103 Think Critically & Creatively3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-105 Understanding Diversity3  
 520-108 Psycho Educational Services3  
 520-110 Practicum I3  
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 520-111 Family Systems3  
 520-112 Practicum II3  
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Human Services Associate. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Managment of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management66
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Psychology64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
Springfield CollegeHuman Servicesup to 72 cr
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBchelor of Science in Managementup to 66
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Julie Rupena-Reynolds

Julie Rupena-Reynolds

Phone: 262.691.5331

Education

  • BSW, Mount Mary College
  • MS, Educational Psychology-Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning should be fun!"

Program instructor, Cheryl Rugg

Cheryl Rugg

Phone: 262.691.5536

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MSW, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Program instructor, Lisa Walz

Lisa Walz

Phone: 262.691.5124

Education

  • BA, Mount Mary College
  • MS, Capella University

Certifications

  • Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP)
  • Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe in a positive and dynamic learning environment that embraces the differences in learners and challenges them in active and collaborative learning through best practice teaching methods."