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.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This program offers several course formats. Choose classes in the traditional, daytime campus/lab setting or Blended Option courses that meet online and on campus one night per week. Students 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:
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.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
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
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
- Attend Program Advising Session.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2019 Start
- Submit application by July 15, 2019
- Complete checklist items by August 12, 2019
Spring 2020 Start
- Submit application by January 6, 2020
- Complete checklist items by January 13, 2020
* 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
- 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.
All Human Services Associate program students are required to purchase a program iPad.
$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.
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