Program Description

The Human Services Associate Degree program trains learners to provide education, support, care, advocacy and/or crisis intervention in a human service agency. Learners acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. Key components of this degree include: cultural awareness and an understanding of diverse cultural groups, a responsible attitude, commitment to serve others and effective communication skills. Learners will gain occupational experience through Field Experience 1 and Field Experience 2.

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Approximate Program Cost

$10,858
Tuition: $10161 , Books: $697

Starting Salary

$26,104–$44,200
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).

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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Cultivate professional relationships
  • Apply human services interventions and best practices
  • Utilize community resources
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals
  • Model a commitment to cultural competence

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Youth Behavior Specialist
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Youth and Adult Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker

Courses

The Human Services Associate Degree is a 66 Credit program. In addition to our full-time option, we offer eight- and nine-term part-time options.

4 terms (Full-time)

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES 3.00
INTRO TO INTERVIEWING & COUNSELING SKILLS 3.00
BOUNDARIES & ETHICS - HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

PROFESSIONAL READINESS 1.00
UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE USE 3.00
FOUNDATIONS OF CASE MANAGEMENT 3.00
GROUP FACILITATION 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 2.00
ISSUES IN CHILD MALTREATMENT 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
OVERVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Fourth Term

HUMAN SEXUALITY 3.00
FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
FAMILY SYSTEMS 3.00
EXCEPTIONAL PERSON 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

8 terms (Part-time)

Year 1

Fall
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES 3.00
INTRO TO INTERVIEWING & COUNSELING SKILLS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
Winterim
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
Spring
FOUNDATIONS OF CASE MANAGEMENT 3.00
BOUNDARIES & ETHICS - HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00

Year 2

Summer
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
Fall
ISSUES IN CHILD MALTREATMENT 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
OVERVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS 3.00
GROUP FACILITATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
Winterim
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Spring
HUMAN SEXUALITY 3.00
FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 2.00
PROFESSIONAL READINESS 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE USE 3.00

Year 3

Fall
FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 2.00
FAMILY SYSTEMS 3.00
EXCEPTIONAL PERSON 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

9 terms (Part-time)

Year 1

Fall
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES 3.00
INTRO TO INTERVIEWING & COUNSELING SKILLS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
Winterim
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
Spring
FOUNDATIONS OF CASE MANAGEMENT 3.00
BOUNDARIES & ETHICS - HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00

Year 2

Summer
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
Fall
ISSUES IN CHILD MALTREATMENT 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
OVERVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS 3.00
GROUP FACILITATION 3.00
Winterim
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Spring
HUMAN SEXUALITY 3.00
FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 2.00
PROFESSIONAL READINESS 1.00
UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE USE 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Year 3

Summer
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
Fall
FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 2.00
FAMILY SYSTEMS 3.00
EXCEPTIONAL PERSON 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Human Services Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

Additional Information

Scholarship Opportunities

Collaboration of Wisconsin Rural Investment in Community Healthcare (COW RICH) Grant (for students graduating by Spring 2024)

Additional funding may be available to assist with your training through external sources.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.
  • Locally located internship sites cannot be guaranteed. Students may have to move or drive a distance in order to complete internship courses. Scheduled internship attendance days and times for which students must be available vary by agency. Program faculty select, assign, and maintain college contracts with internship sites.

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