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Are you the friend others turn to when they need someone to listen?  Do you feel comfortable helping people confront challenges in their everyday lives?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, a career in the field of Human Services (HUS) could be right for you! Anne Arundel Community College's degree and certificate programs in Human Services, Veterans Counseling, and Addiction Counseling educate and train students to work as human services paraprofessionals.

With a stellar faculty who are professionally active in the Human Services field, students will receive the most current and hands-on education possible.


Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.

Addiction Counseling, A.A.S.

Addiction is the number one public health issue in the U.S. today, according to the National Association for Addiction Professionals.  With this issue, comes the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled rehabilitation, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.  Anne Arundel Community College is proud to offer an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Addiction Counseling which will provide students skills in counseling techniques for individuals, families, and groups, assessment training, treatment planning, prevention and other topics related to addiction. 

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Human Services, A.A.S.

This degree offers successful graduates opportunities in positions of counseling, mental health, children, families, the elderly, and corrections. The two-year HUS degree program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in areas such as counseling, psychology, and social work.

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Credit Certificates

Addiction Counseling  

AACC offers a certificate in Addiction Counseling which will enhance students skills in counseling individuals, families, and groups, assessment training, treatment planning, prevention and other topics related to addiction. 

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Human Services

The Human Services (HUS) Certificate program gives employees and volunteers associated with helping agencies increased knowledge and upgraded skills in the human services areas.  The certificate program is a great way for students to test their interest in the field before committing to the degree program.  The requirements for the certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in human services.

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Veterans Counseling

In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau reported there were 22,448,000 veterans living in the United States. As veterans deployed to war zones across the globe return home bearing the mental and physical toll of their service, the need for talented and compassionate counselors increases exponentially. 

The AACC Veterans Counseling Certificate is designed for practicing human service professionals (counselors, social workers, case managers, job coaches, treatment aides, mental health workers, residential counselors) seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs and complex issues of United States military and veteran populations. Paraprofessionals looking for entry-level job opportunities also can benefit from the training this certificate offers.  Students interested in an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree may apply the credits earned in the Veterans Counseling program to an A.A. in Transfer Studies.

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Interested in Transfer?

If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in Human Services?

With a degree or certificate in Human Services, graduates may pursue higher degrees and careers in human services, counseling, social work, addiction counseling, and psychology.  Through field work experience and faculty with real world experience and connections, our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce.

Addiction counselors work in a variety of settings, including prevention programs, inpatient rehabilitation, intensive outpatient programs, clinics, detoxification settings, medical and psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, residential settings, correctional facilities and schools.

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.


Accreditation

The Human Services program is accredited through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).