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Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

The six-quarter Social and Human Services AAS-T Degree Program provides education for students who want to enter the helping professions. Students may choose a generalist or chemical dependency track. Students acquire knowledge and skills through an outcomes-based curriculum that supports critical analysis, problem solving, professional development, and experiential learning. In the last third of the program, students enroll in a community-based field practicum completing 330 hours of supervised learning.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Full Time: 6
Part Time:

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

  • Explain the history and development of the human services profession.
  • Compare, contrast and apply current models and theoretical frameworks within individual, group, organizational, community and cultural systems.
  • Demonstrate acquired advocacy and networking skills through effective oral and written communication.
  • Examine, analyze and articulate the values, attitudes and codes of ethics that regulate the human services professions.
  • Recognize and integrate the inherent values of diverse cultures through practical application.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Courses meet State of Washington Bureau of Alcohol and Substance Abuse requirements for chemical dependency certification. (Additional elective courses may be needed to meet state requirements. Consult with the division counselor for specific requirements.)

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (206) 934-4068. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

The following fee is associated with the program:

  • Photo ID Card (one–time fee) $5.00
  • Student Activity Fee (per quarter) $15.00
  • Transportation Mgmt Fee (per quarter) $10.00
  • Computer Lab Fee (per quarter) $30.20
  • Universal Technology Fee (per quarter) $3.00 per credit

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Provides an overview of the social and human services field from the perspective of the individual human services worker. Explores societal conditions, assumptions, and needs that impact delivery of services. Includes discussion of areas of knowledge, professional values, and skills. Examines the characteristics of the human services agency, including professional roles, career opportunities, and challenges.

SHS 100 5.0

Introduction to social welfare policy, social justice, and systems. Emphasis on social welfare policies, systems, and services designed to respond to social issues: public welfare, child welfare, mental health, chemical dependency, aging, poverty, health, disabilities, and corrections.

SHS 103 5.0

Intro to beginning-level interviewing and counseling skills in multicultural settings. Demonstration of human services values and knowledge of diverse populations' needs through counseling techniques: developing relationships; identifying problems, solutions, and goals; and evaluating progress.

SHS 106 5.0

Introduction to group work, including group processes, communication patterns, group and individual goal-setting, leadership, and decision-making. Includes group participation, role-playing, and simulations.

SHS 108 5.0

Introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice care navigation for the benefit of the client. Focus on human services and healthcare systems, social determinants of health, health literacy, chronic illness, risk and protective factors. The first of two courses leading to a certificate in care navigation.

SHS 121 5.0

Intro to crisis intervention and trauma-informed care techniques for the beginning mental health/human services professional. Students will develop assessment techniques and interviewing skills with populations experiencing mental health concerns, physical health concerns, substance abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner and domestic violence, bereavement, suicide, and other crises.

SHS 205 5.0

Explores both the grief and loss experiences in the context of the helping professions. Analyzes models and types of grief and loss. Researches resources and interventions for clients in the social and human services. Examines transitions, situations, and circumstances that result in grief and loss, as well as cultural responses to them.

SHS 209 5.0

Examines U.S. society and the diversity within it, as well as the effects of societal structures on clients. Topics include an overview of general principles of cultural diversity and cross-cultural services delivery to individuals from many diverse backgrounds.

SHS 210 3.0

This class provides an introduction to suicide assessment and prevention. Students will be introduced to topics such as signs and symptoms of suicidal/self-harm behavior, facts and myths about suicidal behavior, conducting an assessment interview, risk factors and protective factors, the treatment of suicidal individuals, the contagion effect, and self-care for those working with suicidal/self-harm individuals.

SHS 230 3.0

Introduction to misuse of and addiction to psychoactive drugs. Includes history, theories, current research, and treatment practices, and the nature of successful recovery as well as prevention concepts.

SHS 235 5.0

Overview of mental health and co-occurring disorders. Identification of referral processes, treatment options, barriers unique to this population, services available to the co-occurring disorder consumer in the context of culture, race and ethnicity

SHS 255 5.0

Explores the WA Administrative Codes, federal codes, and professional codes of ethics that apply to human services and substance use disorder professionals. Examines ethical theory, ethical decision-making, and ethical practice in a multicultural context. Meets educational requirements for courses for Substance Use Professional included in WAC 246-811-030.

SHS 270 5.0

Examines the roles of human services and substance use disorder professional case managers. Students explore all aspects of case management, including service coordination, screening, ASAM Criteria, assessment and treatment planning.

SHS 280 3.0
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English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Continuation of the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays.

ENGL& 102 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH 091 - Descriptive Statistics with Algebra I ( 5 credits ) or MATH 092 - Descriptive Statistics with Algebra II ( 5 credits ) or MATH 136 - Inferential Statistics ( 5 credits )

(Formerly MATH 109) Covers descriptive methods, probability and probability distributions, samples, decisions, hypothesis testing and statistical inferences. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree.

MATH& 146 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0

Course Substitute : SOC& 101 - Introduction to Sociology ( 5 credits )

Survey of human physical, psychological, and sociocultural development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying lifespan development.

PSYC& 200 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Supervised community-based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations. Prereq: Permission

SHS 197 3.0

Work experience in human services agencies, with individual and group supervision provided by agency professionals to share experiences and further develop work-related skills.

SHS 198 3.0