Human Services Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete the program?

Most students can complete the program in two years if they attend full time. Many students attend part time and complete the program at their own pace. Some students are required to take additional English or reading courses, which may extend the time necessary to complete the program. It may also be possible to complete the program in a shorter time with the hybrid (half classroom, half online) classes available.

Can I get both degrees (Human Services Technology and HST/Substance Abuse?

Yes, you can earn both degrees, but doing so may take slightly longer since the degree programs have different course requirements.
For more information on specific courses in the programs, open the Human Services overview in the College Catalog.

Where can I transfer from here?

Wake Tech has an articulation agreement with University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Students completing the AAS in Human Service are eligible to transfer to UNCG as juniors. Wake Tech is working on agreements with other colleges and universities to allow students to transfer credits and enter with junior status; in some cases, additional classes are required. Students from our programs have earned bachelor’s degrees from Meredith College, Shaw University, East Carolina, North Carolina Central University, Mount Olive, and other institutions.

Can I intern at my place of employment or substitute work experience for my internship?

The internship is an important part of the Human Services program. For that reason, Wake Tech does not generally allow either of these arrangements – even if a student works in the human services field. Wake Tech may consider allowing it, however, in certain situations. Internship activities must be unpaid and must be significantly different from the student’s routine job duties. Supervisors must be willing to adjust duties and reframe supervision.

In order to start the first semester of internship you must have been in the Human Services Technology Program for at least two semesters and have completed at least 12 hours of curriculum classes, including HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques; you must also have permission from the program coordinator and class instructor. Go to the Work-Based Learning for more information.

When can I take the internship?

To start the first semester of internship, students must have been in the Human Services Technology Program for at least two semesters and have completed at least 12 hours of curriculum classes, including HSE 123: Interviewing Techniques. They also must have permission from the program coordinator and class instructor. For more information, visit the Work-Based Learning section of the Wake Tech website.

Will my personal skills and qualities help me as a human services worker?

People tell me I am a good listener and that I give good advice. I have had problems in my own life that help me relate to others. Will these skills and qualities help me as a human services worker?
Listening is important in human services work. Certain courses in the Human Services Technology programs focus on the development of listening skills, including HSE 123: Interviewing Techniques and SAB 120: Intake and Assessment.

Human services workers avoid giving advice, since their commitment is to helping people help themselves. The National Organization for Human Services Education states that the profession is “dedicated to interdisciplinary education and integrated services …. focused not only on remediation of problems, but on meeting basic human needs and advocating for change in the systems that affect the lives of our clients." People of all ages – and from all kinds of backgrounds – go into human services.

Sometimes people go into helping professions to resolve unfinished issues of their own. While sharing similar experiences can at times be beneficial, it is critical that professionals avoid assuming that clients have had the same experiences. Professionals must maintain appropriate boundaries with clients in order not to do harm.

Can I take courses online?

Some classes are available in online or hybrid format, which means that about half the class content is presented online and the other half in the classroom. Other classes require face-to-face contact and instruction that allows for interaction and practice of techniques. Visit Online Courses / Distance Ed. Support for more information.


Do I have to take distance-learning courses to get through this program?

Yes. Everybody learns differently. Wake Tech has a number of ways to help student become familiar with using technology to help them get the most from their classes and the course material. Take a look at Online Courses / Distance Ed. Support web site for useful information.

Can I take classes at night?

Night classes are limited. We offer one or two night classes each semester and rotate offerings and times to accommodate as many students as possible. We also offer distance learning classes.