Sep 22, 2023  
2020-21 Gaston College Catalog 

Human Services Technology, A.A.S. (A45380)

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The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Identify the knowledge, skills, and roles of a human service worker.
  2. Analyze experiential learning in small groups and identify and explain the interactions of group members in group settings.
  3. Perform basic interviewing skills needed to function in a helping relationship using the Microskills Model.
  4. Demonstrate performance of counseling techniques.
  5. Demonstrate an integration of the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained in classroom and clinical experiences with emerging trends in the field.
  6. Assess crisis situations and respond with the appropriate differential techniques applicable to various crisis situations.
  7. Demonstrate professional work ethics/traits and personal behaviors necessary for career success.
  8. Apply multicultural competence in service delivery.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. HSE 110 HSE 112 PSY 150  

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. 

  1. Complete Residency Determination
  2. Submit a Gaston College Application
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Meet with an advisor and/or attend an information session
  5. Submit official high school (and college, if applicable) transcripts
  6. Provide proof of course placement requirements

Additional Program Requirements for Human Services Technology

  • Have grades of “C” or better in all required program courses.
  • Students are 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: 17

Total Credit Hours: 18

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 14

Total Program Hours: 66


*HSE 112 is an 8 week - first session prerequisite course for HSE 212.  HSE 212 is an 8 week - second session course. 

To be eligible for WBL 111 and WBL 115, students must be planning to graduate within the next two semesters, recommended for placement by the Human Services Technology faculty, and have completed the following five courses: HSE 110, HSE 112, HSE 123, HSE 225, and PSY 150, or receive Departmental approval to substitute course(s).

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