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Human Services

Associate of Applied Science

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Learn from faculty with real-world human services and counseling experience.

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Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Human Services prepares students to provide much-needed support for teens in crisis, families, the elderly and countless others. Your course work teaches basic counseling skills, various functions of crisis intervention, the management principles of human and social service and the skills needed to address the needs of patients and clients from a counseling perspective. Additional focus is placed on the process of case management.

Taught by practicing human services professionals, the comprehensive curriculum includes two hands-on internship experiences. Real world experience working with local agencies will help you build professional networks, establish references and utilize skills learned in the classroom. Students typically intern under the direction of a professional in human or social services in fields such as outreach, psychiatry and psychology.

If you decide to enter the workforce immediately, an associate degree in human services will enable you to work as a case management aide, social work assistant, community outreach worker, youth worker, gerontology aide, client advocate or psychologist's aide.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's associate degree in human services consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
65 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,047.75 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

If you graduate from TCC’s human services program with at least a B average, you can transfer directly into Old Dominion University’s bachelor’s in human services program. Students can also transfer credits toward a bachelor’s from Norfolk State University in social work, St. Leo University in social work or Virginia Wesleyan College in social work.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are organized
  • have good communication skills
  • enjoy working with people in difficult situations
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Internships with local businesses help many students find employment in the field before they complete the program

In 2014 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the need for social and human service assistants will grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022

Students learn from faculty with real-world human services and counseling experience


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