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The Human Services Technology program offers a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program offers a generalist approach, which provides knowledge and skills applicable to a diversity of settings (e.g. mental health, social services, correction, etc.).

Secondly, by supplementing technical training with a broad academic background in the traditional liberal arts areas, students are well prepared to pursue various four-year degree options, some of which can provide the necessary academic background for graduate study in human service-related fields such as counseling or social work.

Human Services Technology Printable Program Brochure


The HST curriculum may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis with day and evening classes available. Students typically start fall semester, but may enter the program at any point during the academic calendar. Full-time students should enroll in 15 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students may pursue the degree at a rate they desire, however, a minimum of seven credit hours of course work each semester is recommended. In all, students completing the degree requirements will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services Technology.


The HST program is supported by exceptional academic resources that include library resources, and other research capabilities.


Bennett Hall, located at the center of the Chillicothe Campus, is home to the HST program.


To qualify for admission, a student must be a high school graduate or GED recipient. Students not meeting these requirements should contact the Admissions Office at OHIO Chillicothe for further information concerning admission. Students completing the degree requirements will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services Technology.


Students are eligible for many different financial aid resources. These include:

  • Federal Grants and Loans
  • Ohio University Scholarships
  • State Grants and Loans

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For OHIO Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.


OHIO believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include: the ability to communicate through the written word, the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and broad knowledge of the major fields of learning. Therefore, students must take general education courses to complete a degree.


The HST program features include:

  • A curriculum which allows graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Social Work or Technical and Applied Studies with as few as two additional years of full-time study on the Chillicothe campus.
  • A variety of off-campus educational and training experiences made possible through cooperative arrangements with area human service agencies and programs.
  • Small classes which permit individual attention and ample opportunities for contact with the instructional staff.
  • Excellent instructors and faculty who, in addition to their academic service, have had many years of professional work experience in the human service field.
  • Access to an advising center, a learning center, and a superior library that provides extensive audio-visual and on-line resources in addition to traditional printed materials in human service related areas.

Suggested Program Template

This is a sample template to complete the degree in two years. In addition to the major requirements, you must meet university general education requirements of Tier II courses: a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the six categories. You will need to take advantage of summer course offerings for some Tier II courses so that your load during regular semesters is lightened.

Tentative Semester Planner Information


HST 1000 Introduction Human Services
HST 1200 Crisis Intervention
HST 1700 Group Dynamics
SW 1000 Introduction To Social Work Elective
#### XXXX  Developmental Math* or other Elective
#### XXXX  Elective (See advisor)

HST 1650 Intervention Strategies
HST 1750 Chemical Dependency
ENG 1510 Writing and Rhetoric 1
PSY 1010 General Psychology
PSY 1110 Elementary Statistical Reasoning  
MATH 1200 College Algebra Tier I


HST 1500 Behavior Management  
HST 2921 Practicum I
HST 1900 Case Management
HLTH 2040 Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs
BIOS 1030 Human Biology*
PSY 2410 Child & Adolescent Psychology  
PSY 2720 Psychology of Personality*


HST 2980 Research in Human Services
HST 2922 Practicum II  
PSY 2710 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
 #### XXXX  SW Course Elective *  
COMS 1010 Fundamentals of Human Communication
COMS 1030 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ANTH 1010 Introduction to Anthropology 


The two practicum courses are an integral part of students’ training in the HST program. Each consists of 100 hours of supervised fieldwork with a local agency or program.

The practicum courses provide the opportunity for firsthand experiences with a wide range of human needs and problems. Placements are available in Ross and surrounding counties in a variety of settings and programs such as: Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Social Services, Domestic Violence, Adult and Juvenile Corrections, Job and Family Services, and Community Action Programs. 

For more information, contact:

Mary Jane Preece, PhD
Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator
Human Services Technology
246 Bennett Hall
T: 740.774.7724
F: 740.774.7214  

Information about the Faculty:

Mary Jane Preece
Assistant Professor
Bennett Hall 246
T: 740.774.7724

Barbara Hart
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259