Associate in Human Services and Rehabilitation

Ready to make a difference in the lives of others?

Whether you are a recent high school graduate interested in making a difference in the lives of others, or someone with experience in the field who is looking to advance your career, PennWest’s two-year associate degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation gives you the tools you need to succeed.

At PennWest, we understand your desire to effect change at all levels of society. This two-year program takes an interdisciplinary approach to help you expand your knowledge of psychology and sociology and prepares you to work as a human service practitioner in various human service agencies.

Our exceptional faculty will serve as your mentors and guides. Because they understand the needs that exist in today’s society, they can work with you to tailor a career that’s best suited to your interests and talents. Over the course of four semesters, you’ll learn problem-solving processes, advocacy skills and how to engage in human service work in a variety of ways.

The program offers both specialized and generalized competencies. It culminates with a supervised internship in a human services agency. Upon completion of this degree, you may continue your studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation, Sociology or another related discipline and receive credit for courses taken while earing your associate degree.

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Credits: 60

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Nationally accredited

PennWest’s B.S. in Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)

Human Services and Rehabilitation (AS)
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Careers and Salaries

With an associate degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation, you can have a positive impact on your community. You’ll be prepared to work for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations including federal, state and local government agencies; advocacy groups; behavioral health centers; adoption and childcare agencies; public and private nursing homes and addiction treatment facilities.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be familiar with the range of human service delivery models.
  2. Students will demonstrate professional attitudes, behavior, and skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate appreciation and awareness of diversity
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance and relevance of the constantly evolving knowledge base of the field of human services and its related disciplines and use this knowledge to better inform practice decisions and evaluate outcomes.
  5. Students will apply meaningful connections between classroom learning and experiences in the field throughout the program.
  6. Students will analyze the needs of clients/consumers, develop goals and design as well as implement a plan of action

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.