Overview

The Human Service Associate Degree provides students the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for a rewarding career as a Helping Professional and a stepping stone to further their education.

Students acquire a broad understanding of Human/Social/Community Service, an interdisciplinary knowledgebase, and the skills required to be a Best Practices Helping Professional (Critical Thinking, Complex Reasoning, Communication, Being a Team Member, Engaging in Human Interaction, Applying Content Knowledge, Lifelong Learning, Ongoing Professional Development, and Personal Growth).

Why NHTI? 

We will prepare you to assist individuals and families in various sectors of the Helping Professions. As a program graduate your Practicum/Internship experiences will further prepare you for a career in your specific area of interest. Upon graduation, we encourage you to continue networking with your NHTI-based practicum supervisors, professors, and other professionals you met during your college experience. Program-specific courses taught by instructors with practical experience as helping Professionals. NHTI’s flexible scheduling allows for learning on your terms. Year-round day, evening, 8-week and online classes help get you there.”

Internships / Practica

  • This program provides students supervised, hands-on training in the form of two 15-week Practica each comprised of 125 hours (~ 8 hours/week). Options include: Human Services, Mental Health, and Gerontology.
  • At their Site, students practically apply classroom knowledge and theory while they refine their skills in a community or professional setting. At the same time, students gain confidence on their pathway to becoming a best practices Helping Professional.
  • In addition, students build a solid foundation and a competitive advantage for future success and employment. This foundation also includes the development of soft skills which are essential for employability. The Practicum Experience may lead to full-time entry level positions

Two Practica = The Training You Need to Succeed!

 Unique to This Program

The Human Service Degree includes three embedded certificates:

Human Service Degree

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 ENGL 120MCCommunications: Mindful303
#HSV 111CIntroduction to Human Service303
#MHTH 187CThe Helping Relationship: Interpersonal
Communication Skills for Today’s Professional
404
 PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
 13
Spring Semester
 BIOL 120CHuman Biology324
 ENGL 101MCEnglish Composition: Mindful404
#HSV 242CEthics and the Professional Helper303
#PSYC 283CGroup Counseling303
#SOCI 250CConflict Resolution in Modern Society303
 17

Human Service Option

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
#ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment303
 ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
#HSV 195CHuman Service Practicum I**284
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning*404
#PSYC 280CIndividual Counseling: Theory and Practice303
 17
Spring Semester
#ADCL 235CPhysiology and Pharmacology of Addiction303
 ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
#HSV 221CSocial and Professional Issues in Today’s Society303
#HSV 298CHuman Service Practicum II**284
 PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development: The Life Span303
 14
TOTAL CREDITS61

Mental Health Option

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
#ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment303
 ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning*404
#MHTH 195CMental Health Practicum I**284
#PSYC 280CIndividual Counseling: Theory and Practice303
 17
Spring Semester
#ADCL 235CPhysiology and Pharmacology of Addiction303
 ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
#HSV 221CSocial and Professional Issues in Today’s Society303
#MHTH 298CMental Health Practicum II**284
 PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development: The Life Span303
 14
TOTAL CREDITS61

Gerontology Option

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
#ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment303
 ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
#GERN 195CGerontology Practicum I**284
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning*404
#PSYC 280CIndividual Counseling: Theory and Practice303
 17
Spring Semester
#ADCL 235CPhysiology and Pharmacology of Addiction303
 ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
#GERN 298CGerontology Practicum II**284
#HSV 221CSocial and Professional Issues in Today’s Society303
 PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development: The Life Span303
 14
TOTAL CREDITS61

# Indicates major field courses.
* Students must complete MATH 120C to graduate. Depending on results of placement testing, students may be required to complete MATH 092C prior to MATH 120C (please note that MATH 092C Introduction to Algebra, with a grade of “C” or higher, or the high school equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, is the prerequisite for MATH 120C).
**In order to enroll in HSV 195C and HSV 298C; MHTH 195C and MHTH 298C; GERN 195C and GERN 298C a student must have achieved a Grade of “C” or higher in each practicum prerequisite as described above, have an overall GPA of 2.0, plus permission of the Department Chair of Human Service. In addition, students must achieve a Grade of “C” or higher in: HSV 195C to enroll in HSV 298C; MHTH 195C to enroll in MHTH 298C; GERN 195C to enroll in GERN 298C.

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Program Outcomes

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates may be required to have a personal interview with a department faculty member;
  2. Please refer to starred* statement at the bottom of the table to the right for mathematics graduation requirement.

Health, Character and Technical Standards

The college must ensure that patients/clients are not placed in jeopary by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in practica, service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client care responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and/or patients/clients and their families.  

Character Expectations

  • Human Service and Addiction Counseling students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Many of the Practicum sites and potential employers will perform a background check through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student’s driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some practicum and employment opportunities. The student may be called upon to pay for the previously mentioned background checks, etc;
  • Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.

Health Consideration

  • All Human Service majors will receive NHTI Health forms following acceptance. These forms must be completed and along with requested health physical exam, TB testing, prior to the start of classes. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance, starting in each academic year. The students will be billed directly. Students are also eligible to purchase Health Insurance through NHTI for their own health needs.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs. Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Chair to discuss their individual issues. Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
  • Sufficient verbal skills and language to: collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g., questioning;
  • Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.;
  • Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
  • Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • Ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
  • Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community.
  • Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department’s ethical guidelines.

Human Service/Mental Health Practicum Sites

Boscawen Elementary School, Boscawen, NH
Bow School System, Bow, NH
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Concord, NH
CASA, Manchester, NH
Child and Family Services Group Home, Concord, NH
Child and Family Services of New Hampshire
The Children’s Place, Concord, NH
Community Bridges, Bow, NH
Community Services Councils – Concord and Laconia, NH
Concord Boys and Girls Club, Concord, NH
Concord City Human Services
Concord Hospital – Therapeutic Activities Center, Concord, NH
Concord Housing Authority, Concord, NH
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, Concord, NH
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery
Fellowship Housing Opportunities, Concord, NH
Greater Manchester Mental Health
Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, NH
Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Center, Concord, NH
Laconia Housing Authority, Laconia, NH
Merrimack County Adult Diversion Program, Concord, NH
Merrimack County Juvenile Diversion Program
Merrimack County Visitation Program, Concord, NH
Merrimack Valley Middle School and High School
New Hampshire Brain Injury Association, Concord, NH
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families, Concord, Rochester, Nashua
New Hampshire Division of Health and Human Service, Concord
New Hampshire Hospital, Concord, NH
New Hampshire Mediation Program, Concord, NH
NH State Prison for Women, Goffstown, NH
New Horizons Shelter, Manchester, NH
Odd Fellows Home, Concord, NH
Penacook Community Center, Penacook, NH
Pine Haven Center for Boys, Allenstown, NH
Pleasant View Eldercare, Concord, NH
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, Concord, NH
Riverbend Community Mental Health, Concord, NH
Rochester Parent Child Center, Rochester, NH
Rolfe and Rumford Home, Concord, NH
Second Start, Concord, NH
Spaulding Youth Center, Northfield, NH
Speare Memorial Hospital – Social Work Department, Plymouth, NH
The Friends Program, Concord, NH
Tobey School, Concord, NH
Wedico Center, Windsor, NH
West High School, Manchester, NH
Whole Village Child Care, Plymouth, NH
WIC Program, Concord, NH

55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid