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Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

The Human Services Technology program (HST) 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, such as mental health, social services and corrections. After completing the program, students can opt to move into the Social Work program to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

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OHIO Lancaster first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021*

Course of Study

The Human Services Technology program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. 


Sample Human Services Technology courses

HST 1000 - Introduction to Human Services Technology 

HST 1200 - Crisis Intervention 

HST 1500 - Behavior Management 

HST 1650 - Intervention Strategies 

HST 1700 - Group Dynamics 

HST 1750 - Chemical Dependency 

HST 1900 - Case Management 

HST 2921 - Practicum I 

HST 2922 - Practicum II 

HST 2980 - Research in Human Services 

PSY 1010 - General Psychology 

PSY 2710 - Psychopathology 

SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology 

SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 

BIOS 1030 - Human Biology I:Basic Principles or

HLTH 2040 - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 


    Potential Careers

    Students may be eligible to apply for a Social Work Assistant certification in the State of Ohio and/or a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant license in the State of Ohio dependent upon current licensure or certification laws, practicum work experience, and supervision specifications.

    • As of 2021, Social and Human Service Assistants earn an annual median wage of $37,610.
    • Employment demand for Social and Human Service Assistants in Ohio is projected to grow by 15% by 2030.

    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.


    Learning Environment

    The Human Services Technology program offers:

    • Flexible scheduling with coursework offered primarily online.
    • 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.


Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer and Current OHIO Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

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Mary Jane Preece, Human Services Technology, System Coordinator


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* Includes scholarships, grants, loans, federal work student and CARES/HEERF funding.