Human Services Associate | Western Technical College

Human Services Associate

Associate Degree

Program Number: 



Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring

The Human Services Associate program trains people to provide information, resources, support. and advocacy for those most in need. Through classroom work and field experience activities, students acquire the skills needed to work with diverse groups of youth and adults facing a multitude of challenges such as poverty, discrimination, child abuse homelessness, addictions, physical and mental health problems, and disabilities.

Graduates are employed in a variety of agencies, including county human services, community-based organizations, residential treatment programs, and other settings where people in need are assisted. Graduates may also transfer on to receive their bachelor’s degrees in social work or other human service-related programs.

In addition to the standard fall term start, this program has a spring term evening program with course sequences differing from those listed below. Please speak with an Admissions Coach for more information.

To view the Human Services Associate program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Human Services Associate

This program will cost about $9,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Human Services Associate 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding13
Employed in Related Occupation3
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education7
Not in Labor Market7

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week50
Median Hourly Wage13.5
Hourly Wage Range11.86-17.00
Median Annual Salary $35,357.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Recovery Coach Peer Support Specialist, Housing Administrative Assistant, Lead Residential Associate

Career Opportunities

Case Manager
Mental Health Coordinator
Child Support Specialist
Community Resource Specialist
Direct Support Professional
Economic Support Specialist
Human Services Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Model a commitment to cultural competence
  • Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Utilize community resources
  • Apply human services interventions and best practices
  • Cultivate professional relationships

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements

To enroll in the Human Services Associate program, apply for admission to the College, contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with a Health & Public Safety College Advisor to be sure all required admission requirements are completed. Please keep your contact information up to date at all times.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University
Winona State University

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