Human Services Associate

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-520-3

Human services professionals provide resources, counsel and assistance to individuals in an effort to improve their quality of life. In this program, develop and practice direct client care, treatment, rehabilitation, education and behavioral direction to individuals or groups. Learn behavioral rehabilitation techniques, counseling methods, ethics and family systems. Those in this field work closely with social workers, psychologists and counselors.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This program offers courses in daytime/hybrid and online formats. You can take classes "a la carte" from either format.

What Makes This Program Unique

You may choose one of two program tracks: Mental Health or Addiction Studies.

  • Both tracks provide a foundation in psychology, sociology, social work, counseling and case management with hands-on, real-world experience in an occupational setting through practicum coursework.
  • Both tracks transfer easily into many bachelor's degree programs.

This track trains you to provide education, support, care, advocacy and/or crisis intervention in a human services agency. You'll gain skills to work with individuals, groups and communities ranging in age, ability, needs and personal situations. Add a specialty if desired:

This track prepares you to counsel clients with substance abuse disorders. This program meets the 360 hours of specialized education required by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for the Substance Abuse Counselor Certification. Earn industry credentials:

Want it all? Start with the Mental Health track, then continue on to qualify for the SAC-IT and SAC education hours and earn Youth Care Counselor and Developmental Disabilities certificates. Contact your advisor for more information.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by June 14, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. 

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Additional Cost:

  • Caregiver background check: $10

Career Salaries

$25,000 – $41,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you enjoy helping others solve problems, are detail oriented and a good listener, a career in the field of human services may be right for you. Human services professionals provide a wide range of support in different fields, including psychology, rehabilitation and social work. They work with a variety of populations, among them, the elderly, children and people with disabilities.

  • Case Manager
  • Community Resource Specialist
  • Human Services Technician
  • Residential Aide
  • Youth Care Counselor

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Alverno CollegeBSW (Bachelor of Social Work)up to 57
Carroll UniversityBS Psychologyup to 64
George Williams College of Aurora UniversityBachelor of Social Work (BSW)up to 68
Marian UniversityBS Community Health and Human Servicesup to 63, 10% tuition discount
Marian UniversityBS Psychologyup to 63, 10% tuition discount
Mount Mary UniversityBA Sociology: Urban Studies66+electives
Mount Mary UniversityBA Sociology: Healthy Communities63+electives
Purdue GlobalBS Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administrationcredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBS Human Services for Social Work Training Certification27+electives
UW-MilwaukeeBS Social Workup to 30
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia University - WisconsinAny BachelorsUp to 84
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates.

Program Instructors

Jason Witt, MA | 262.691.5536
Julie Rupena-Reynolds, MS | 262.691.5331
Lisa Walz, MS | 262.691.5124