Bachelor’s in Human Services and Rehabilitation

Prepare for a rewarding career in the helping professions with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation from PennWest University.

This interdisciplinary program helps you build foundation and understanding of the field of human services and its related disciplines. As a graduate, you will be ready to work in a variety of human service positions in the areas of addiction, aging, physical, intellectual and psychosocial disabilities and more.

As our population ages and more individuals require care, there is a growing need for high-quality human services and rehabilitation professionals. When you earn your bachelor’s degree from PennWest University, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career that is both professionally and personally rewarding.

Our program is led by faculty who are nationally recognized experts in their fields. They bring extensive knowledge of psychology, sociology and special education as well as health and human services and rehabilitation. They will serve as your mentors and guides as you build critical skills and successfully navigate several field experiences.

These experiences involve increasing levels of responsibility, culminating in a semester-long supervised internship in a human service agency. Internship opportunities are available locally, regionally and nationwide.

You’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, ready for a fulfilling career as a case manager, rehabilitation program specialist, activities director or intellectual disabilities manager – or for graduate studies in the field of Occupational Therapy, Social Work or other human service professions.

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Credits: 120

Kim Hardner


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% growth in community and social service occupations between now and 2031.


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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).

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Careers and Salaries

With a Bachelor of Science 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.