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The objective of the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services program is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for students to pursue a rewarding career in a wide variety of helping professions.* Students are taught to develop their talents, assess clients’ needs, identify community resources, and problem solve and advocate for their client—all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of those unable to help themselves.
Through the curriculum’s blending of theory and practice, students study how to critically evaluate the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of human service agencies in this country and how they can best intervene on behalf of the clients they will serve.
The curriculum emphasizes:
In addition, students can participate in regional student meet and greets. These daylong events feature presentations and discussions from faculty members on topics such as career and internship opportunities in human services. The Human Services Club also holds monthly speaker series events.
In HN 115: Human Services Program and Profession, students have the opportunity to view videos from actual human service agencies. The videos showcase what it's like to work in the field and in fields that require human services advocacy. HN 205: Applied Skills for Human Services includes several videos on actual counseling sessions
In HN 144: Human Behavior and the Environment, students follow an actual inter-generational family through a case study to learn different developmental milestones, life stage crises, assessments, and interventions.
The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare graduates with a solid foundation in human services principles that can be applied in many areas including mental health, social services, education, rehabilitation, group and community work, nursing homes, court systems, and public policy. Positions may include, but are not limited to, life skills instructor, social service assistant, child advocate, adult day care worker, and case management aide.*
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Total Program Credits: 90
The course introduces students to the human services field and the Kaplan University human services degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the various human service agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the human services degree and course offerings along with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
Working as a human service professional
demands an understanding of the differences and similarities in
human behavior. This course will focus on the basic systems or
influences that help to define, identity, and explain behavior.
Students will examine how family structures, institutions,
organizations, and communities contribute to the complex issues
facing diverse populations in the twenty-first century. Students
will examine ways to incorporate these theories to help them
develop practical intervention skills.
The course exposes students to a broad array
of social problems that affect the lives of many Americans.
Students will gain insight and tools to analyze social problems,
potential solutions, and the effects of these problems on
individuals and society. Students will also reflect on their role
as change agents for the clients with whom they
Students will gain an understanding of the
basic interviewing skills and documentation techniques required
of a human service worker. Students will learn how to respond to
a variety of situations involving clients with different needs
and backgrounds; ask probing questions to elicit the required
information; and document the client's needs correctly,
considering confidentiality, legal, and ethical implications. The
course also addresses a number of other issues critical in human
services such as problem solving, avoiding self-disclosure, and
cultural sensitivity in verbal and nonverbal
Students will learn appropriate and ethical
prevention and intervention strategies. Using case studies and
scenarios, students will identify risk factors that contribute to
crisis situations and distinguish between intervention and
prevention strategies. Particular attention is given to crisis
situations involving youth, families, and the elderly in a
variety of settings.
This course provides a broad introduction to
the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students
will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into
human thought and actions, including what motivate us to study
human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories
on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course
will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application
of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical
psychological concepts related to students' personal and
This capstone course is the culminating
experience for the Associate of Applied Science in Human
Services. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses
students have taken within the program of study. The capstone
course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and
synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their
coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess
their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree
Completion of the final term of the Associate
of Applied Science in Human Services or permission from the
Total Program Credits: 90
Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to IT 133: Software Applications must either take the course as an elective or pass the IST assessment before their first term or upon completion of foundational coursework.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.