Human Services Academic Certificate

Our Human Services academic certificate program will prepare you to work in the behavioral health and human service fields. You will learn how to demonstrate a basic set of helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) needed for entry-level employment in human service agencies, work as a culturally sensitive ethical practitioner, demonstrate a stronger sense of self resulting from personal growth experiences, and use critical thinking and writing skills needed for working with clients. You will also do one practicum, which may be completed at your place of employment. Along with the core helping skills, you will be introduced to job-specific helping courses in fields of practice such as addictions, disabilities, gerontology or youth work.

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Community Health Worker – est. salary $44,532
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs– est. salary $52,539
Receptionist and Information Clerk – est. salary $34,477

**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Human Services Academic Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Prerequisites and Corequisites Course Type
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health & Human Services 3 credits BHHS 101 is a prerequisite for BHHS 111  
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills 3 credits BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better is a prerequisite for BHHS 194 and BHHS 195.  
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 credits    
ENGL 101 - English Composition or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
3 credits ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better is a prerequisite for ENGL 102  
BHHS 110 - Principles and Practices of Positive Youth Development: Community, Family, and Youth Engagement or
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies or 
BHHS 171 - Introduction to Aging Studies or 
BHHS 161 - Introduction to Disability Studies
3 credits    
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology* 3 credits Students with computer experience may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Prerequisites and Corequisites Course Type
BHHS 194 - Case Management Practice 3 credits Prerequisite: BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better  
BHHS 195 - Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services I 3 credits Prerequisite: BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
3 credits Prerequisite:ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better  
BHHS 151 - Family Violence, Abuse and Trauma or
BHHS 241 - Crisis Intervention
3 credits    
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 credits    

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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