Human Service Technology
About the Program
The Human Service Technology Program was developed in 1986 because of the severe shortage of trained psychiatric technicians to meet the growing demands in the mental health field.
AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Occupational Skills Award
AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences
Degrees and Certificates
Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.View Degrees & Certificates by Program
This program is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The Human Service Technology Program has been a member of the South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center consortium (SSWATTC) funded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) since 1993.
A Career in Human Service Technology
The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.
The Human Services profession is dedicated to providing services to individuals and families in need of assistance. The goal of human services work is to enhance the quality of life for those who are served. Human service professionals perform a variety of roles. Some of these roles are:
- counselor to those who need support
- broker to help people use community resources
- teacher of daily living skills
- advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves
- mediator between clients and between clients and agencies
- caregiver to children, elders, disabled adults
- chemical dependency counseling
For more information about human services, visit the National Organization for Human Services web site.
Additional Program Information
This program is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and has been a member of the South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center consortium (SSWATTC) funded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) since 1993.
Hybrid Programs Restrictions
Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Language Option Restrictions
Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.
Elective Course Restrictions
Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Required Course Restrictions
Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Potential Course Restrictions
Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.
Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource
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Community Health Worker
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Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.
Certified Prevention Specialist, O.S.A.
Chemical Dependency Counselor, C1
Community Health Worker, O.S.A.
Human Service Technology, A.A.S.
Online Information Session
Learn more about the Human Service Technology Program by completing an online information session.
The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.
Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.Start an online Info session
Applications for this program are accepted during specific application window listed in the Admission Guide. Evaluation of submitted applications begin once the application window has closed. All admissions selection communications will be sent to your HCC student email account so be sure to check this regularly for information, requests and correspondences. If you receive a not admitted letter, you must re-apply during the next appropriate application period.
Are you ready to start the application process? Download the application packet below. If you have a difficulty of opening the file on your computer browser, please download the file to your computer first and then open the file from the location where you saved it .
Certified Prevention Specialist (OSA)