Human service workers and assistants provide direct and indirect client services and serve to improve and enhance the lives of others in a variety of roles within social and human service delivery settings. Job titles vary: case management aide, social work assistant, alcohol or drug abuse counselor, mental health aide, community outreach worker, life skill counselor, crisis intervention counselor, intake worker, gerontology aide, family support worker, habilitation aide, residential counselor, and juvenile specialist.
The U.S. Department of Labor states, “Human services worker and assistant occupations are projected to be among the fastest growing. Job opportunities should be excellent [for qualified applicants]”. The Human Services program at Tulsa Community College is designed to provide education and training for individuals seeking careers in a wide range of helping profession settings. Students gain basic knowledge, skills, and values necessary to communicate and interact with persons experiencing personal and social problems in order to assess needs and provide appropriate intervention. Students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience with community agencies and populations. In addition to general education requirements, all Human Service students complete core coursework in:
- Principles of Human Services
- Basic Counseling Skills
- Lifespan Development
- Human Services Applications/Case Management
For More Information Contact:
School of Liberal Arts & Communication
Metro Campus: (918) 595-7064
University Transfer (2 + 2) Options
Degree options are available to provide seamless transfer to four-year degrees in Child and Family Services, Family Studies, Human Development, Pre-Social Work, Rehabilitation Services, and Therapeutic Recreation. Articulation agreements between Tulsa Community College and the designated universities provide for a seamless transition toward a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a human servicesrelated field. Students complete general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree and also complete core courses within the Human Services program, which complement upper division coursework within the major field at the four-year university. Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advisement to ensure they are completing the correct option for their academic goals and intended course of study beyond the associate degree.
Transfer credit varies among colleges. Students should consult both the catalog of the specific college/university to which they plan to transfer and the signed transfer agreement or the current transfer planning guide posted at www.tulsacc.edu/transfer to select courses that will meet both the associate and baccalaureate degree programs.
The Human Services coursework is available in a variety of schedule alternatives, including traditional 16-week classes day and evening. Courses are also aligned with the FAST-TRACK program to allow degree completion to students desiring an accelerated schedule. The Human Services Institute offers special focus courses providing in-depth information on current issues in the human services field for students and community professionals in short-course formats. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in core courses within the Human Services program early in their academic career along with general education requirements. Faculty advisement is available in this program. For more career and occupational information in the human services field, visit the following Web sites: http://bls.gov and http://stats.bls.gov/oco