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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45380)

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services.

Classes are offered seated, hybrid and online. Some courses are not offered in the online format, thus the degree cannot be accomplished completely online.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A4538E)

The Human Services Technology/Addiction and Recovery Studies concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities and pursuit of four-year degrees.

Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the 12 Core Functions, intervention techniques with individuals in groups and follow-up activities with recovering clients.

Graduates should qualify for positions as substance abuse counselors, DWI counselors, halfway house workers, residential facility employees and substance education specialists. With educational and clinical experiences, graduates may be able to obtain certification by the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. Eligibility should be addressed directly with the board.

Classes are offered seated, hybrid and online. Some courses are not offered in the online format, so the degree cannot be accomplished completely online.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A4538B)

The Human Services Technology/Gerontology concentration prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work to older adults and their families. The curriculum provides both theoretical and applied models for understanding issues of aging. Course work includes physical, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process, as well as health, wellness, nutrition, diet, exercise, and well-being. Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities to work in a variety of public and private agencies. Graduates should qualify for employment in nursing and rest homes, specialized adult care services, respite services, and other programs servicing older adults and their families.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A4538C)

The Human Services Technology/Mental Health concentration prepares students for job opportunities in the mental health field. The curriculum enables students to understand culturally and emotionally handicapped, developmentally disabled or addicted clients through a variety of models and diagnoses.

Classes are offered seated, hybrid and online. Some courses are not offered in the online format, so the degree cannot be accomplished completely online.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C4538ECO)

The Human Services Technology/Addiction and Recovery Studies Counseling Certificate is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's or master’s degree in a human services-related field. The certificate may assist students in meeting the educational requirements for certification and/or licensure from the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

Classes are offered seated, hybrid and online. Some courses are not offered in the online format, so the certificate cannot be completed completely online.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C4538EI)

The Human Services Technology/Addiction and Recovery Studies Intervention Certificate is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's or master’s degree in a human services-related field. The certificate may assist students in meeting the educational requirements for certification and/or licensure from the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

Classes are offered seated, hybrid and online. Some courses are not offered in the online format, so the certificate cannot be completed completely online.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C4538B)

The Human Services Technology/Gerontology concentration prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work for older adults and their families. The curriculum provides both theoretical and applied models for understanding issues of aging.

Course work includes physical, psychological and social aspects of the aging process, as well as health, wellness, nutrition, diet, exercise and well-being. Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities to work in a variety of public and private agencies.

Graduates should qualify for employment in nursing and rest homes, specialized adult care services, respite services and other programs servicing older adults and their families.

This certificate is designed for individuals enrolled in other Human Services programs who would like additional education on gerontology or who are in professions where they will be exposed to older adults. For example, this will provide increased knowledge for individuals in the field of nursing, health care, child care and business.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C4538C)

The Human Services Technology/Mental Health Intervention Certificate program is designed for individuals whose primary responsibility is not mental health-focused but for whom knowledge of human services and mental health issues and resources would be beneficial.

Professionals in the following fields might benefit from completing the Mental Health Intervention Certificate program:

  • Criminal justice
  • Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Medicine/health
  • Business
  • Addiction treatment 

The certificate program in mental health is also appropriate for students studying to become professionals in the above fields, as well as students in other, human service-related disciplines:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Mental health