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Human Services

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Chemical Dependency Studies

The degree program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work includes the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, clients education, client's rights, confidentiality, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3) 3
   or PSYC 401 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3)
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3) 3
   or PSYC 402 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 0.5 -41
Total Units: 33.5 - 37

14 units are required.

The Chemical Dependency Studies Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program
  • demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes
  • utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Career Information

Upon completion of the A.A. degree a student possesses the coursework required for initial certification as a California drug and alcohol counselor (CDAC).


A.A. in Gerontology: Health Care

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory course work emphasizing the health needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/health care study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 303 Introduction to Social Gerontology: Aging in Contemporary Society 3
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
   or SPEECH 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
SPEECH 321 Interpersonal Communication 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (0.5 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
AH 311 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers (3)
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology (3)
   or BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
   or NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant (7)
SLPA 300 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)
Total Units: 36

The Gerontology: Health Care Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • associate social conditions in the current and recent past with their potential impact on future aging cohorts.
  • evaluate the impact of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender and sexual orientation, and citizenship on well-being during aging and on aging outcomes.
  • generalize knowledge about cognition and memory during aging to how people learn and remember at any age.
  • recognize macro, mezzo, and micro level ageism messages that marginalize and stigmatize older people.
  • enumerate the functions of social service delivery systems.
  • synthesize knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions.
  • analyze legal and ethical issues related to aging including the mandatory reporting of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, value imposition, and end-of-life decisions.
  • demonstrate ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills during interactions with older adults at various levels of function.
  • differentiate between aging-related changes and the effects of social condition and deprivations, and physical and mental diseases, disorders, deficits, injuries, and disabilities.
  • assess the impacts of lifestyle choices on the biopsychosocial domains of function during aging.
  • apply biopsychosocial gerontological knowledge to case studies and real-life situations.
  • list services for seniors and adults with disabilities available within a community.
  • demonstrate a workable knowledge of medical terminology by interpreting health care reports/records accurately into clear, non-medical terms.
  • differentiate between the basic mechanisms of biological homeostasis and aging from physiological imbalances related to illness and disease.
  • identify communication disorders in individuals of various ages with consideration of cultural and linguistic differences.

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults


A.A. in Human Services

The A.A. degree program in Human Services centers around the broad array of entry level skills and abilities effectively used in social service delivery systems. Coursework includes the twelve helper core function applications in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 0.5 -41
Total Units: 30.5 - 34

1Two units are required.

The Human Services Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • define the functions of social service delivery systems
  • analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients
  • integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions
  • describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Certificates of Achievement

Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate

The certificate program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work includes the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, clients education, client's rights, confidentiality, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3) 3
   or PSYC 401 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3)
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3) 3
   or PSYC 402 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 0.5 -41
Total Units: 33.5 - 37

1Four units are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program
  • demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes
  • utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Career Information

Upon completion of the certificate a student possesses the coursework required for initial certification as a California drug and alcohol counselor (CDAC).


Human Services Certificate

The certificate in Human Services centers around the broad array of entry level skills and abilities effectively used in social service delivery systems. Coursework includes the twelve helper core function applications in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 0.5 -41
Total Units: 30.5 - 34

1Two units are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • define the functions of social service delivery systems
  • analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients
  • integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions
  • describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Certificate

RCFE Administrator Training Certificate

This program prepares students for the duties, roles, and responsibilities of administrators working in a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE). These non-medical assisted living and board and care residences are required to have at least one currently Certified Administrator. To become certified requires passing the state Administrator Exam and other requirements. Prior to applying to take the Administrator Exam, applicants must successfully complete a state approved Initial Certification Training Program (ICTP). After completing the ICTP, they have 60 days to pass the exam. This course is an approved ICTP.
Every two years this program is reviewed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for approval as an ICTP to confirm all the required curriculum and all the current state and federal laws and regulations are included. Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a certificate of completion from the Gerontology department confirming their completion of this approved ICTP. The certificate of completion is submitted with their application to take the state Administrator Exam.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 220 RCFE Administrator Training 4.5
Total Units: 4.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • research the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
  • analyze the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
  • discuss the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
  • generalize the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
  • enumerate the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
  • demonstrate knowledge in the 13 core areas of the RCFE Knowledge Training Standard set forth by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Career Information

Passing the state Administrator Exam and becoming a Certified Administrator qualifies students for the position of Administrator of a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE). Being certified also enhances qualifications for other administrative staff positions within an RCFE and administrative staff are often encouraged to become certified to earn a raise in their pay-scale and increase their upward mobility within the organization. See the program description for details about the course approval by the California Department of Social Services.