Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Human Services, AAS

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney

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The Human Services program provides students with general skills in helping others in need. Graduates from this program are prepared to gain entry-level positions in a variety of human services setting or pursue licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor. Graduates may also continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances associated with problems in living including those related to substance use.
  • Demonstrate effective intervention techniques to improve people’s lives and reach individual goals.
  • Perform full standards of practice in various client situations.
  • Compare personal and professional beliefs, values, and ethics.
  • Differentiate specializations within the human services profession.
  • Exhibit readiness to enter a human services profession.


  • Recommended plans of study are presented below. However, students should remember that their faculty advisor will help develop a personal plan of study consistent with individual academic and career goals.

Associate of Applied Science

AAS.5115A (61-62 credits)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares students for a career in the human services. Human service workers are found in diverse settings and can hold many different job titles, including family support worker, youth program specialist, case manager, psychiatric technician, outreach worker, caregiver, family and youth specialist, personal advocate, behavioral health case worker, and professional partner. While a human services work can have a variety of duties, all have the primary goal of assisting others to function as effectively as possible within the major domain of living.

There are opportunities for students to explore areas of interest, including psychology, sociology, criminal justice, early childhood education, education, and social work. Students can choose electives to simultaneously earn a certificate in drug and alcohol counseling and begin 300 hours of supervised experience required for provisional licensure in the state of Nebraska while in practicum and internship.

Program Requirements

AAS General Education Core: 15-17 Credits

View listing of General Education Courses. 

  • Written Communication Credits: 3 *
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3-4 *
  • Social or Lab Science Credits: 3-4
  • Personal Development Credits: 3

*Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning course selections are dependent on writing and math proficiency based on assessment. Students should consult with their academic advisor about specific general education courses required.

Total AAS Requirements: 61-63 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

Total Semester Credits: 15

2nd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-16

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total AAS Credits: 61-63

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