Associate Degree in Human Services

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About This Program

The Human Services program is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment and/or future study in the human service field. Successful graduates work with individuals of all ages confronting disabling mental health issues, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and other behavioral health conditions.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services is designed primarily for students seeking to enter the workforce after graduation or to advance their career at their place of employment. Graduates of the program qualify for Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification and are eligible for Ed Tech II certification.

The one-year Human Services certificate program is specifically designed to meet the requirements for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C). MHRT/C certification is required by the state of Maine for work as an entry-level mental health practitioner. Associate degree candidates need not apply separately to the SMCC Certificate program in order to qualify for MHRT/C certification.

Your Degree Courses

Human Services offers an Associate in Applied Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychosocial and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • High Risk Populations
  • Human Diversity
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Group Process
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Case Management
  • Direct Service Practicum
  • Lab Science
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Mathematics electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of human systems — individual, group, organization, community and society — and their major interactions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development, group dynamics, organizational structure, how communities are organized, how national policy is set, and how social systems interact in producing human problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the conditions that promote optimal functioning or the classes of deviation that limit desired functioning in the major human systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major models of causation that are concerned with the promotion of healthy functioning and treatment-rehabilitation.
  • Identify and select interventions that promote growth and goal attainment. Graduates will be able to conduct a competent problem analysis and select strategies, services or interventions that are appropriate to helping their clients attain a desired outcome.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


63 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Behavioral Health Certificate

Human Services offers a certificate in Behavioral Health requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. For more information, visit our Behavioral Health Certificate webpage.

SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Human Services

Mental Health and Human Services, BS

University of Maine Augusta

SMCC Degree Program: Human Services

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Public Administration, BS

University of Maine Augusta

SMCC Degree Program: Human Services

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