Jun 21, 2024  
2018-19 Gaston College Catalog 

Human Services Technology Developmental Disabilities Certificate (C4538A)

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The curriculum prepares students for entry-level direct service work with children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The courses are designed to enable students to link theory to practice. In addition to course work in Developmental Disabilities, students will participate in fieldwork experience working with the developmental disabilities population in a Human Services agency.

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. Describe and demonstrate the use of supports for job seekers to acquire and maintain meaningful employment.
  4. Identify the changing needs of aging individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.

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 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 Program Hours: 17


The course taken in this certificate program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services Technology.

To be eligible for WBL 111 and WBL 115, students must be recommended for placement by the Program Coordinator and have completed the following three courses: HSE 110, DDT 110 and one other DDT course from the major course list.

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