Mar 31, 2023  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 

Human Services Technology Developmental Disabilities, A.A.S. (A4538A)

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The Human Services Technology Developmental Disabilities concentration is designed to train technicians to work with children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Students will specialize in the study of developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Students will gain an understanding of the handicapping effects of developmental disabilities in medical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic terms.  Fieldwork and clinical experience in community agencies providing comprehensive services to disabled persons and their families will be provided.  Graduates should qualify for employment in group homes, foster care homes, respite services, vocational rehabilitation agencies, sheltered workshops, adult developmental activities programs, early childhood intervention programs, and other programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Develop a philosophy concerning the provision of human services supports to people with developmental disabilities based upon current research and practice and historical and legal foundations.
  2. Use a person-centered approach to demonstrate ability to support communication, choice, participation and independence in others.
  3. Identify effective practices to help improve the health and well-being across the life span for people with developmental disabilities.
  4. Describe and demonstrate the use of supports for job seekers to acquire and maintain meaningful employment.
  5. Identify the changing needs of aging individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.
  6. Compare the roles of various allied health and human services professionals in supporting the health, well-being and social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  7. Identify and demonstrate evidence-based practices in supporting lifelong learning.
  8. Demonstrate ability to address ethical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities.
  9. Demonstrate professional work ethics/traits and personal behaviors necessary for career success.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Human Services Technology Program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college. 

Additional Program Requirements for Human Services Technology

Students may be required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria which will include a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC).  Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on results of CBC. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student may not be allowed to continue in the Human Services Technology Program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided in HSE 110.

Total Credit Hours: 16

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Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Program Hours: 75


To be eligible for WBL 111 and WBL 115, students must be planning to graduate within the next two semesters and have completed the following five courses: HSE 110, HSE 112, HSE 123, HSE 225, and PSY 150.

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