Human Services, AS

Graduates of the Human Services Program are prepared to become credentialed as a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) upon meeting the post-graduation requirements of 3 years of experience, including a minimum of 4,500 hours. Human Services graduates may assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families; may assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services; and may assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as human services specialists, human services practitioners, chemical dependency practitioners, addictions specialists, mental health and social services practitioners or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

Occupational Employment and Wages

Current occupational employment and wages data for Human Services are published by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics at

Program Details

The Human Services curriculum includes a combination of online and traditional classroom experiences as well as field experience in the final year of the curriculum. General Education and Program Specific coursework may be taken on various campuses but the Human Services core courses are only offered on the Lee Campus.

There are two residency (internship) courses in the Human Services Program. Students will be assigned to a specific agency for the completion of the internships. Applicants should note the following in regards to these internships:

  • Student assignment to internship sites is approved by the Human Services Program Director and is based upon site availability.
  • Facilities will be selected from within the Southwest Florida region which includes Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties.
  • Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from their assigned professional practice sites.

Continuing Toward a Bachelor’s Degree?

Students who are interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree should consider completing the Associate of Arts (AA) degree program, instead of the Associate of Science (AS) degree program, for application and transfer to university programs. Human Services Core Coursework, with an asterisk (*) notation below, may be selected to meet the 24 elective credit hours required for the AA degree and to complement interest in the Human Services area.


The Human Services Program AS degree is not an accredited program at this time. Verification of post-degree experience (3 years, including a minimum of 4,500 hours) will be required for Florida SouthWestern State College graduates to complete the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) examination.

Application Deadline

Students must meet the Florida SouthWestern State College admissions requirements. No additional application process is required for the Human Services Program.

Residency I Course Requirements

Prior to enrollment in Residency I internship course, students must complete the following:

  • College-approved criminal records check and drug testing, at the applicant’s expense
  • Immunization and health report
  • Tuberculosis screening test
  • Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) obtained three months prior to enrolling in Residency I internship course

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Tamra Pacheco
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