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Human Services Technology (HST)


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, corrections, 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.

Upon completion of the HST degree, students can apply for the Social Work Assistant (SWA) registration through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board upon completion of required coursework.


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.

Online courses are available. Students should consult with the HST Program Coordinator for more information (


Available at the following campuses:

  • Chillicothe
  • Lancaster
  • Southern


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 on their home campus for further information concerning admission. Students completing the degree requirements will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services Technology.

Find additional information on the Human Services Technology website on the Ohio University Course Catalog.



We realize the expenses involved in a college education include more than tuition and can sometimes seem out of reach. Our financial aid staff can help you find funds to finance your education from a variety of sources, including scholarships, state and federal grants, part-time employment, and loans.

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid on the FAFSA website as soon as possible.


For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office on your home campus.





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.


The two practicum courses are an integral part of students’ training in the HST program. Each consists of 125 hours of supervised fieldwork with a local social service agencies or programs.

The practicum courses provide the opportunity for firsthand experiences with a wide range of human needs and problems. Placements are available 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. 


Mary Jane Preece, PhD
Assistant Professor

System Coordinator
Human Services Technology
246 Bennett Hall
F: 740.774.7214