Program of Study

Students will complete courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on the development of skill sets that are required to effectively interact with human service professionals and clients. A one or two-semester internship is required for degree-seeking students that provides working experience at a human services related location.

Students will need to need to meet screening requirements to work at internship sites. These requirements are determined by the agency and may include passing a criminal background check and a drug screening. Students should contact the Human Services Program Coordinator for additional information and career coaching regarding the screening requirements.


Careers Available

Human Services is one of the fastest growing professions heading into the next century. Graduates should qualify for entry level positions in mental health, family services, social services, rehabilitation, corrections, residential and group home facilities, youth programs, Veterans affairs, substance abuse treatment agencies, agencies serving older adults, community support programs and government programs.

Recommended Courses and Skills

English, psychology, sociology and computer applications.

Helpful Personal Attributes

A strong desire to help others. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others. Effective communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility,
and an ability to manage time effectively.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Human Services Technology Associate in Applied Science Day and Evening A45380 REVISED
Human Services Technology - Foundational Skills Certificate NEW Day and Evening C45380FS
Human Services Technology - Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Certificate NEW Day and Evening C45380DD
Human Services Technology - MH/SA Peer Coach Certificate Day and Evening C45380PC REVISED
Human Services Technology - Substance Abuse Certificate Day and Evening C45380SA

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Human Services Technology Program, contact Betsey Zook, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7975 or ezook@forsythtech.edu.