Social and Human Services (AS)


The mission of the Social and Human Services program is to provide the highest quality education to future and current Human Service Professionals by providing a learning environment that supports the development of culturally competent, compassionate and accountable professionals. Our program prepares graduates who are dedicated to the autonomy, dignity, and diversity of the people they serve.

Graduates of the Program are prepared to work under the supervision of counselors, social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals. They may work at hospitals, mental health clinics, residential facilities or community service agencies, serving in many roles that make a positive impact in any community. Additionally, graduates can continue on to a bachelor degree program in human services, social work, psychology, gerontology or other related fields.

Employment in social and human services is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services are expected to drive demand. Employment and wages data for Human Services are published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Program Highlights

Most courses in the Social and Human Services Program are only offered as traditional online classes. There are 3 courses within the program that must be completed in a blended format (occasional classroom attendance on the Ft. Myers Campus in Lee County, Fl). Most students can complete the program within 4 semesters or 2 years if students begin in the Fall semester and attend classes on a full-time basis. Or, students may take longer to complete the degree and attend on a part-time basis.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses include General Education (16 credits), Social and Human Services Core (29 credits) and Specialty Track (15 credits) for a total of 60 credits. Students may choose from one of the following specialty tracks:

  1. Human Services Generalist Track - provides students with a broad foundation for work with diverse populations in a variety of human services environments or supplement training for persons previously or currently employed in the field of human services; students concurrently earn the Human Services Generalist College Credit Certificate
  2. Addictions Track - provides students with the academic training necessary for state certification related to chemical dependency and substance abuse; students concurrently earn the Addiction Services College Credit Certificate
  3. Youth Development Track - provides students with the knowledge and skills for working in child, family, and youth service occupations in community, school, residential, and group environments or supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field of youth services; students concurrently earn the Youth Development Services College Credit Certificate

Residency Experiences

In the final semester of the program, students will complete a total of 250 hours in a Social and Human Services setting related to their specialty track. HUS 2842L Residency I and HUS 2843L Residency II will provide an environment and context to integrate the knowledge, theory, skills and behaviors of the profession. During the Residency experiences, students will progress from observation to directly supervised client contact to indirectly supervised client contact.

Please note that some settings may require a criminal background check to include fingerprinting and drug screening. Health history and proof of immunizations may be required. Students may also be required to complete pre-residency trainings or other activities. Students must provide their own transportation to and from their assigned residency sites. It is strongly recommended that students live a wellness and recovery-oriented lifestyle for a minimum of two years before entering their residency experience.

Program Distinctions

The Social and Human Services Program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and supports the work of the Council in setting national standards for human service education. This distinction allows students to sit for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner Examination (HS-BCPE™) prior to completing the Program. After passing the exam, earning the AS degree in Social and Human Services and obtaining 350 hours of supervised post-graduation human services work experience, students will be eligible to apply for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) credential.

The Social and Human Services Program is also a Florida Certification Board approved provider. Students who complete an AS degree in Social and Human Services, an Addiction Services CCC, or a Human Services Generalist CCC may meet the training requirements for one or more of the following certifications with the Florida Certification Board or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Click here to see how our Program meets the training requirements of the Florida Certification Board (PDF). Our program meets the training requirements for certification only. The Florida Certification Board has additional requirements that must be met for full certification.

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NOTE: HUS 2200 Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling includes 8 hours of Whole Health FCB approved program equivalent training. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher may pursue academic training in the Social and Human Services Program to earn additional certifications, such as the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). Contact the Florida Certification Board for more information.

Bachelor's Degree Options

Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in a related major (such as Social Work, Behavioral Healthcare, Child and Youth Studies, or Psychology) should know that the most direct educational path to these fields would be completing an Associate of Arts (AA degree). Please consult with an Academic Advisor to avoid taking excess credit hours and to assist with transfer options to other institutions. There are particular courses that are required for the bachelor's degree. These courses are outlined in the State Common Prerequisites Manuals. The Associate of Arts Degree is part of the 2+2 Pathways to Success that allow students to transfer directly into Bachelor’s degree programs in related fields.

Program Contact Information

Cristy Clark, Ed.S., LMHC Program Director, Social and Human Services Email: Phone (239) 432-7391

Faculty Information

Adjunct Faculty

  • Elizabeth Badillo, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
  • Dana Buonanducci, MS, LMHC, NCC
  • Janetta Mullins, MS, Registered Intern
  • Elena M Engle, MA, LMHC, EMDRIA
  • Karly Philips, MSW, LCSW