Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Associate Degree in Human Services

Enrich the lives of people in your community with a human services associate degree at Chatfield College

Are you looking for a degree that will allow you to help others and make a difference? An AAS. in human services from Chatfield College can help you do exactly that.

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or you’ve been in the workforce for years, an associate degree in human services from Chatfield will help you earn your social work assistant certification in Ohio to become a licensed social work assistant or give you a solid base you need to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work, too. In addition to students interested in social work, the AAS in human services is also a great degree for anyone wanting to serve their community by helping people, such as police, fire, child advocates, community services, and more.

With the human services associate degree program, you’ll explore psychology and counseling, case management, human services, and more while developing critical thinking and other skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Chatfield’s AAS in human services program is fully accredited and aligns with Ohio’s recommendations for social work programs, so you know your investment in yourself and your education will be valuable — now and in the future.

What is an associate degree in human services?

An associate degree in human services is a two- to a three-year program that’ll help you serve and care for others through a variety of educational and employment opportunities, including social work, criminal justice, and community health.

While working toward a human services associate degree at Chatfield, you’ll take classes focused on helping people prevent or lessen problems and improve their quality of life. You’ll also complete hands-on work in a counseling center or similar institution.

This associate degree will teach you how to connect people with the services, agencies, and other resources they need — when they need them. Social work assistants in Ohio may help social workers with everything from organizing and conducting programs to preventing and resolving problems related to substance abuse, relationships, rehabilitation, and more, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Human service and social work assistants in Ohio also interview clients, manage the details of their cases, and help other workers and agencies provide and coordinate several services under the supervision of a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.

Through the human services degree program at Chatfield, your courses and professors will arm you with what you need to apply for a social work assistant certificate of registration, fight for social justice, and help those who need it most.

Explore classes for Chatfield’s associate degree in human services

Through the human services associate degree program at Chatfield, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and specialized training you need to become a social work assistant in Ohio — or lay the groundwork to earn a social work bachelor’s degree.
Among the courses for your associate education, you’ll take:
• Addiction Studies
• Case Management
• Counseling and Interviewing Techniques
• General Psychology
• Social Welfare Policy

You’ll also take general education courses, including Composition, Elements of Statistics, Interpersonal Communications or Oral Communications, and more.

Your human services associate degree program at Chatfield is grounded in liberal arts and faith-based values. This means you’ll receive a well-rounded associate education that develops your critical thinking skills to help you be successful in your career — and in your life.

No matter the class, your Chatfield instructors will empower you to better yourself and prepare you for your future.

See human services associate degree program courses.

Why pursue an associate degree in human services at Chatfield?

Over the next five years, the need for social work assistants in Southwest Ohio alone is expected to increase by 11.5%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Prepare now by gaining in-demand skills with Chatfield’s human services associate degree.

This AAS degree program will equip you with the knowledge and training you need to:
• Understand how the mind should work and recognize when it doesn’t
• Track your clients’ progress and streamline their experience
• Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the state and local social welfare systems
• Gain your clients’ trust so you can learn more about their struggles and help connect them with the services they need to overcome them

You can finish your associate education in as little as two years at Chatfield’s St. Martin or Cincinnati campuses. You may also take some courses online. If you need a little longer to complete your degree, that’s OK, too — many part-time students take up to three years to complete their associate degree.

Here are some additional reasons why you should pursue your human services associate degree at Chatfield.

Experience the Chatfield Difference

Earn your degree and prepare for social work assistant (SWA) certification
Learn from industry experts as well as a hands-on social work practice to help you build a portfolio that will prepare you for your SWA certification.

Support when you need it

At Chatfield, you’ll have the resources you need to be successful, including individualized support, free tutoring, a formal mentoring program, an on-campus computer lab, and more.

Small class sizes, big opportunities

Your associate degree in human services classes will have an average of about 10 students so you have plenty of opportunities for one-on-one interactions with your teachers, as well as instruction that is geared toward your strengths.

Expert instructors

You’ll learn from industry experts with real-world experience. For instance, your psychology course for the human services associate degree may be taught by a well-known national service organization’s head of counseling.

Financial aid and scholarships

Worried about how you’ll pay for your associate degree? Our admissions team will connect you with financial aid and college scholarships, including merit scholarships, the Chatfield Achievement Grant, and others.

Flexibility you need

Are you juggling a job? A family? Chatfield offers flexible course options to fit your schedule — and your life. You can take courses for the associate degree in human services at Chatfield’s St. Martin or Cincinnati campuses. Some classes are offered online, too.

Chatfield is for you

While Chatfield’s history may be rooted in Catholicism, you are welcome here, no matter your faith or way of life. Chatfield’s goal has always been to provide people with a quality liberal arts education. We continue that tradition today with programs such as our human services associate degree.

$35,960

Earn more money with your associate degree in human services from Chatfield. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, social and human service assistants earned a median income of $35,960 in 2020.

11.5%

Set yourself up for future licensure. Over the next five years, the need for social work assistants in Southwest Ohio alone is expected to increase by 11.5%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

80+

Want to continue your education after earning an AAS in social work and human services at Chatfield? We have transfer agreements with more than 80 four-year colleges and universities in Ohio, so your transition will be seamless.

Take the next step toward your human services associate degree

Are you ready to begin your associate degree in human services? We would love to connect with you. Here’s how:

Talk to us

If you would like to connect with an enrollment advisor in our admissions office, please call the St. Martin campus at (513) 873-3344, the Cincinnati campus at (513) 921-9856, or email admissions@chatfield.edu.

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Chatfield College’s other associate degree programs

In addition to Chatfield’s associate degree in human services, you might also be interested in the following:
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Additional resources

What Does A Social Work Assistant Do?

With a human services associate degree from Chatfield, you’ll be ready to become a registered social work assistant. Learn more about what social work assistants do. (Resource will be available soon)

How To Become a Social Work Assistant in Ohio

Want to help others and fight for social justice with an associate degree in human services?
Learn more about how to become a social work assistant in Ohio. (Resource will be available soon)

How Much Does a Social Work Assistant Make?